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After DMK, Cong nudges TN guv to order floor test for CM Palaniswami

Around 22 MLAs raised similar concerns in letters addressed to state's governor, C V Rao

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami leaves from Trichy Airport on Wednesday to attend AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran's 100th birth anniversary function in Ariyalur district. (Photo: PTI)

A day after the DMK's demand for a in the Assembly, Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy on Wednesday backed it and urged Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to direct Chief Minister K Palaniswami to prove his majority in the House.

Ramasamy, in a letter to Rao, claimed that "consequent upon identical letters given by 22 MLAs to the governor, expressing lack of confidence in the chief minister, an unprecedented constitutional crisis has erupted".

Officially, the did not, however, confirm if T T V Dhinakaran's loyalists had pressed for a trust vote.

The leader's letter, which was identical to the one written by working president to the governor, was circulated among the media here.

Ramasamy's letter to Rao comes in the backdrop of 19 MLAs, owing allegiance to Dhinakaran, reportedly submitting a letter to the governor yesterday, expressing their "lack of confidence" in Palaniswami and seeking his ouster.

Ramasamy claimed that as a result of the letters given by the MLAs to the governor, the incumbent government led by Palaniswami had lost the majority.

MLA Thanga Tamilselvan, a Dhinakaran loyalist who was part of the team that met the governor yesterday, had said, "We do not have confidence in the chief minister. We have briefed the governor and said the chief minister should be removed."

Citing the development, Ramasamy said on a previous occasion in Karnataka, the then governor of that state had directed former chief minister to prove his majority in the House.

"Any inordinate delay in asking the chief minister to prove his majority will pave the way for the continuance of an unconstitutional government," the leader said.

Such a delay, he said, would "destabilise democratic norms and precedents", besides creating room for the "evil practice of horse-trading", which he claimed had "occurred" when the incumbent chief minister had proved his majority in February.

"As the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, I, therefore request the governor to direct Palaniswami to prove his majority in the House immediately," Ramasamy said.

He urged the governor to direct Palaniswami to prove his majority and "uphold the constitutional norms and the parameters laid down in the SR Bommai case".

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court, in the SR Bommai case, had held that the only place to ascertain the majority of a government was the floor of the House.

First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 17:21 IST