Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao early on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh apprising him about the current political developments in the southern state. The meeting came a day after 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified under the anti-defection law.
The meeting, which took place in New Delhi is reported to have lasted 20-minutes.
On Monday, 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal under the anti-defection and disqualification rules of 1986 formed in accordance with the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
Reacting to the disqualification of MLAs, Dhinakaran had said his MLAs will approach the court against the disqualification even as the rebels dubbed the move as a “murder of democracy”.
“Our MLAs will move the court and we will get justice,” he told reporters at Kancheepuram district.
The MLAs had on August 22 met Rao and conveyed that they had lost confidence in Palaniswami, who is facing a challenge from Dhinakaran.
Thangatamilselvan, R Murugan, Mariappan Kennedy, K Kathirkamu, C Jayanthi Padmanabhan, P Palaniappan, V Senthil Balaji, S Muthiah, P Vetrivel, NG Parthiban, M Kothandapani, TA Elumalai, M Rengasamy, R Thangadurai, R Balasubramani, SG Subramanian, R Sundarraj and K Uma Maheswari were disqualified on Monday.
One of the dissident MLAs, SKT Jakkaiyan, had later switched camps to support Palaniswami.
The MLAs owing allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran, nephew of AIADMK’s former interim secretary general VK Sasikala, had raised the revolt following the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
In the 234-member House, AIADMK has strength of 134 MLAs, while the opposition has a strength of 98 including DMK’s 89, 8 of Congress and lone MLAs of IUML.
The RK Nagar seat fell vacant last year following the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
(With inputs from PTI)