Opposition delegation including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Congress, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, demanding a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
Tamil Nadu’s opposition parties claimed that the government has been “reduced” to a minority with 21 MLAs owing allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran’s AIADMK faction withdrawing their support to Chief Minister E Palanisamy and thereby, demanded a floor test.
The meeting comes after DMK working president MK Stalin’s criticised the mode of working of Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.
DMK’s Stalin on Wednesday said if no action is taken against Tamil Nadu Government even after meeting the President, then they “will consider legal action”.
Sitaram Yechury of CPM argued that a party cannot rule a state if the party doesn’t command the mandate of the state
“Any government of a country has to enjoy the majority of legislative members that can be demonstrated only on the floor of the house. Without a floor test, any action taken by the government doesn’t have the mandate of a majority,” Yechury told the media after the meeting.
Echoing Yechury’s views, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma said the floor test is a necessary step to cope with the political instability in Tamil Nadu.
He said, “The government and the Chief Minister have lost the majority. The leader of the opposition urged the governor to convene an urgent session of the TN Assembly.”
DMK leader Stalin and Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy separately already gave letters to Governor Rao seeking a floor test.
In his previous letter, Stalin had claimed that any delay in directing immediate floor test will only encourage “horse trading” and lead to “unsavoury political manipulations” and “injure” democracy.
Stalin cited the landmark SR Bommai case and said allowing the Palaniswami regime to continue would tantamount to violation of the Supreme Court judgement in that case.
The top court had held in the Bommai case that the only place to determine a government’s majority was the legislative assembly.