AIADMK lead Tamil Nadu Chief Government’s whip S Rajendran approached Assembly Speaker to disqualify all 19 legislators supporting TTV Dinakaran, who met state Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao two days ago.
Rajendran’s move comes a two days after these MLAs revolted against Chief Minister K Palaniswami and informed governor CH Vidya Sagar Rao that they were “withdrawing” support to the Palaniswami government.
Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed leader V K Sasikala had removed Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar as the secretary of a party forum named after late Jayalalithaa. He also removed V V Rajan Chennappa, MLA, as party Madurai urban secretary and replaced with his followers.
On February 14, a unanimous decision had been taken to elect Palaniswami as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader and there was no change in it, Rajendran said, reading out a from a statement at a hurriedly convened press meet.
“Further, they have also addressed the media. This is anti-party (activity). Since such an act implies voluntary relinquishing of membership, they are liable to be disqualified under Tenth Schedule of the Constitution,” he said.
Pointing this as well as a relevant Tamil Nadu anti-defection act, he said he had submitted a memorandum to Dhanapal seeking disqualification of the 19 MLAs.
Their meeting with the Governor was also “unilateral” as the MLAs had not kept him informed, Rajendran told reporters.
The Dhinakaran camp had revolted a day after the factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam merged.
The MLAs are currently camping at a resort in neighboring Puducherry.
Meanwhile, the main opposition DMK has demanded a floor test in view of the rebellion in the AIADMK.