Published On: Mon, Sep 18th, 2017

TN Assembly Speaker disqualifies 18 MLAs supporting TTV Dhinakaran

Chennai: Ruling AIADMK’s 18 legislators loyal to sidelined Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran have been disqualified under the anti-defection law by the Tamil Nadu Speaker, a statement said on Monday.

With 18 MLAs disqualified, there are 19 seats vacant now

The MLAs were disqualified under Schedule 10 of the Indian Constitution, which deals with the anti-defection law.

In the statement issued by the state assembly, Speaker P Dhanapal ordered “disqualification of 18 lawmakers under the anti-defection law from 18.9.2017 onwards”.

A total of 19 AIADMK lawmakers had submitted a letter to Governor CV Rao withdrawing their support to Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. They asked the Governor to initiate the process to install a new Chief Minister.

Following which AIADMK’s Chief Whip S Rajendran wrote to Dhanapal to disqualify the 19 MLAs who have rebelled against Palaniswami.

On his part Dhanapal issued notices to the 19 lawmakers as to why they should not be disqualified under the anti-defection law.

Subsequently one of the lawmakers STK Jakkaiyan switched over to the Palaniswami-side.

The MLAs are S Thangatamilselvan (Andipatti), R Murugan (Harur), S Mariappan Kennedy (Manamadurai), K Kadirkamu (Periyakulam), Jayanthi Padmanabhan (Gudiyattam), P Palaniappan (Pappireddypatti), V Senthil Balaji (Aravakurichi), S Muthiah (Paramakudi), P Vetrivel (Perambur), NG Pathiban (Sholingur), M Kodandapani (Tiruporur), TA Elumalai (Poonamallee), M Rengasamy (Thanjavur), R Thangadurai (Nilakottai), R Balasubramani (Ambur), S G Subramanian (Sattur), R Sundaraj (Ottapidaram) and Uma Maheswari (Vilathikulam).

With 18 MLAs disqualified, there are 19 seats vacant now. This means the assembly has only 215 elected members.

The government needs only 108 votes to prove its majority in the assembly now in case of floor test.

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