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The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the conduct of a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to prove the majority of the Edappadi K Palanisami government till September 20.

Vetrivel, whose petition expressed apprehension that the Speaker might disqualify the 19 dissident MLAs, argued that the disqualification may go in favour of the CM in case of a floor test is conducted.

Sidelined AIADMK (Amma) deputy chief Dhinakaran had last week called on the state's Governor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, to take action on the plea seeking ouster of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and the demand for a fresh floor test in the Assembly. The Palaniswamy Government has the support of 111 MLAs while the Opposition DMK and the rebel AIADMK combine has a strength of 117 MLAs in the House. Therefore, it changed the rules of the party whereby nobody would be elected or nominated to the post of general secretary - a position held by party supremo and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa till her death.

Another Dhinakaran loyalist, Thanga Tamilselvan who is now staying at a resort in Karnataka told reporters there that "as a next step we are waiting to meet President and appeal to him". "The minority government will try to show that it has majority in the Assembly", the counsel for DMK told the court. TTV supporters have accused local ministers of playing mischief to prevent them from holding a rally.

The meeting in Chennai two days ago had also cancelled all appointments and decisions taken by Sasikala as party chief between December 30, 2016, and February 15, 2017, including the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary.

On his rival AIADMK camp's criticism that he has joined hands with DMK in his tussle against Palanisamy, Dhinakaran said "there is no direct or indirect alliance with that party".

Mr. Stalin could not even become the president of his own party and was still the working president, Mr. Jayaraman said and added: "His dream to become the Chief Minister would not come true".

"The Governor delayed (on directing floor test), but DMK won't keep quiet".

Earlier in the day, The T.T.V. Dinakaran faction had met the officials from the Elections Commission and requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the AIADMK party null and void.


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