Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran flanked by MLAs supporting him outside Madras High Court on Thursday.
- The split verdict benefits the state government while the fight for TTV Dhinakaran continues
- Verdict comes as a shot in the arm for EPS-OPS duo, who will use the opportunity to further consolidate their position within the party
- With no immediate threat to the government, CM Palaniswamy will enjoy confidence of the rank and file of the AIADMK
All eyes were on the Madras High Court on Thursday as the court was to announce verdict in the disqualification of the 18 MLAs supporting Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam chief, and nephew of V K Sasikala, TTV Dhinakaran.
But the verdict of the two-judge bench came as a disappointment with opposition parties calling it an “anti-climax”.
Chief justice Indra Banerjee said that she was in support of the speaker’s decision, but this was followed by justice M Sundar observing that he was in support of the writ petition of the 18 MLAs.
Further, the two-judge bench announced that a third judge will be soon appointed for the final verdict, taking into account that CJ has already heard the case.
“This is clearly an anti-climax judgment. For 10 months we have been waiting for this verdict. Clearly a minority government is run in the state and this judgment is just supporting this,” criticised A Sarvanan, DMK spokesperson and lawyer.
The DMK’s case demanding a floor test stating that the EPS government is a minority is still pending before the court and the DMK was hopeful that a positive verdict for 18 MLAs would change fate of the present EPS govt.
The 18 disqualified MLAs along with TTV Dinakaran, who is an independent MLA from RK Nagar, and three rebel AIADMK MLAs bring the strength to 22 MLAs on TTV’s side while the DMK and its allies have 98 MLAs and a floor test would have meant that EPS government, which has only 114 MLAs on its side including the speaker, will face a big threat.
“Irrespective of the judgment, we are confident that if a floor test is called for, we will win it,” said AIADMK counsel lawyer C Thirumaran.
At present, 10 months of uncertainty in the 18 constituencies will continue and the 18 disqualified MLAs and the EPS government both will hope for a verdict in their favour and make their ground work to take the case further to the apex court if need be.