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Opposition to urge President to facilitate immediate floor test in TN Assembly

Covai Post Network

Chennai: DMK working President MK Stalin will lead an opposition delegation to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to urge him to direct Tamil Nadu governor to order a floor test after the ruling AIADMK government lost majority.

DMK working president MK Stalin on Wednesday questioned governor’s inaction as also his expression of inability to interfere in an internal affair of a political party (AIADMK) by saying that “if the situation was different when OPS rebelled and broke away with just 10 members and he ordered a floor test for EPS government then.

Congress, left parties, VCK and IUML will join the delegation that will call on the president in Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Meanwhile, TTV Dinakaran stepped up his fight to retain relevance in party by claiming that he had the support of 40 MLAs and that the sleeper cells would come out when needed. He dared chief minister EPS to resign on his own or “we will not leave those who have cheated us.” He threatened to take care of traitors later.

At present 19 MLAs were openly with Dinakaran and had written to governor saying that they had lost confidence in chief minister Palanisami.

The EPS government has lost majority, he said, adding that only 76 MLAs had attended the meeting that EPS-OPS called at party headquarters on Monday.

The opposition DMK too had maintained that the EPS government had lost majority and it had lost all right to rule the state. There must be an immediate floor test, Stalin said. A DMK delegation led by senior leader Durai Murugan and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi called on the governor on Monday and urged him to convene assembly and order floor test.

“If you allow this minority government it will be unconstitutional and undemocratic,” Duirai Murugan said.

On Wednesday, a delegation of Left parties — CPM, CPI – and VCK called on the governor to ask him to order a trust vote.

The governor told the delegation that he could not interfere in the internal affairs of a political party. All the MLAs who have the letter to him were still part of AIADMK and because it was an internal affair of the party he could not act, CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan said.

Stalin told media persons that “then how could the same governor order a floor test when OPS revolted and EPS government was formed. Then also it was an internal party matter.”

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