Crisis in AIADMK: 19 MLAs revolt, DMK seeks trust vote
A day after the merging of two rival AIADMK factions, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu is now facing a fresh crisis, with 19 dissident MLAs withdrawing their support to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday. This has reduced the government to a minority and the DMK has now written to the Governor, seeking a floor test in the Assembly. The 19 legislators are opposed to the merger of factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, as they hold the latter responsible for the split in the party and subsequent freezing of the party symbol by the Election Commission (EC). They are also opposed to the move to throw out Sasikala, who is in jail.
The ruling AIADMK government has been reduced to 116 MLAs, including the Speaker, in the 233-member House, excluding one vacant seat. In case of a trust vote, if all MLAs turn up for voting, it will still require 117 MLAs for a simple majority.
The Opposition, consisting of 89 DMK MLAs, 8 Congress MLAs, and a lone IUML member, has 98 legislators in all.
Besides, three MLAs — S Karunas, U Thaniyarasu, and Thameemun Ansari — who had contested the election on the AIADMK symbol, blamed the …read more