Leaders of opposition parties headed by DMK working president MK Stalin met Tamil Nadu governor, C Vidyasagar Rao on Sunday. He urged him to convene the state assembly within a week so that the K Palaniswamigovernment can prove its majority. “We urged the Governor to convene the assembly within a week. If it is not done then we will approach the court and also the people’s court,” he said.
According to Stalin, the DMK with 89 legislators along with its allies, Congress 8, IUML 1, has total 98 legislators. He said 21 legislators belonging to AIADMK deputy general secretary, TTV Dinakaran are opposed to the chief minister, K Palaniswami.
Notably, the number of lawmakers with voting rights is 233. Legislators who are opposed to the government is 119 — DMK and allies 98, Dinakaran faction 18. “The ruling party has the support of only 114 legislators,” Stalin said.
“Only a democratically elected government, which has the support of the majority of elected representatives, is mandated by the Constitution of India and this is recognized as a basic feature of our Parliamentary democracy,” Stalin told Rao.
DMK leader said in his letter to Rao that it is mandatory on the part of the Governor to hold the floor test immediately. “If the present minority Government is allowed to your good self to continue any further, it goes against the very basic constitutional tenets of Parliamentary Democracy and against the Constitutional Principles laid down by the Supreme Court,” he told Rao.
“The omission, so far, on the part of your good self in not directing a floor test is breeding a grave suspicion as to the impartiality of your functioning. Your good self may note that the Indian Constitution contemplates a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” he added.
Tamil Nadu chief minister, Palaniswami on Saturday claimed that with 134 legislators, the AIADMK commands a majority in the assembly.