It claimed that such a move would favour the ruling group under Chief Minister E Palaniswami as the number of MLAs needed to prove his government's majority would come down. "When asked as to what renovation the civic body is planning on the ground, the officials told us that the stage was undergoing renovation", said Manoharan.
The petition stated that 19 MLAs, loyal to AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, who is sidelined within his own party, had written individual letters to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on August 22, informing him of their withdrawal of support to chief minister Palaniswami. The court was hearing a plea by ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dinakaran's faction, news agency ANI reported.
As there was no assurance forthcoming, the judge proceeded to observe that when the Speaker was not in a position to say whether he would pass orders, there was nothing wrong in staying the floor test. He said the State government enjoyed majority as all "134 AIADMK MLAs" supported it.
One seat is vacant since the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa previous year.
Dhinakaran also slammed Palanisamy for "aligning" with former rebel leader O Panneerselvam, now Deputy Chief Minister. "The minority government will try to show that it has majority in the Assembly", the counsel for DMK told the court.
He alleged that the legislators were threatened with dire consequences if they didn't return the faction under chief minister Edappadi Palanisami, also known as EPS. He said he would go to any extent to protect the party, as popular sentiment among the one-and-a-half crore cadres and the people was to end the rule of the "treacherous" EPS government. K P Munusamy, a voracious critic of Sasikala clan, said Dhinakaran was all out to take revenge and was looking for parties like DMK to team up with.
The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.
"You should question me if only I align with DMK after this government goes", he said.
Speaking to media, Dinakaran did not approve of the general council meeting held on Tuesday in Chennai, saying "the meeting has no legal sanction".