The Madras High court on Thursday said that there won't be a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly until September 20. The order comes as an interim relief to Edappadi Palanisamy government that is currently in the minority.
The High Court will hear the petition seeking a floor test in the assembly on Wednesday, until when no floor test will be held. The court refused to order an urgent floor test. The order currently gives the assembly speaker, Dhanapal, enough time to initiate proceedings to disqualify 19 rebel MLAs of the AIADMK.
The DMK, as well as the TTV Dinakaran faction of the AIADMK, had moved the High Court seeking a floor test in the assembly. The attorney general told the court that Tamil Nadu Governor Vidhyasagar Rao would return to the state by Monday and hence a decision should be arrived at only after his return.
Currently, the Edapapdi Palanisamy government is in the minority with more than 21 MLAs pledging their support to TTV Dinakaran. 19 MLAs of the AIADMK have already petitioned the Tamil Nadu governor withdrawing their support to the Edappadi Palanisamy government. The speaker who has issued multiple notices to all 19 MLAs is looking for ways to disqualify them.
Edappadi Palanisamy government, along with the support of O Panneerselvam loyalists, currently has a strength of 114 MLAs while 117 is the simple majority in the house. In the case of disqualification of 19 TTV Dinakaran loyalists, Edappadi Palanisamy may be able to save his government since the strength of the house will be reduced by the number of legislators disqualified.