DMK deadline for ordering floor test

Tamilisai Soundararajan

Mr Stalin also warns that this is the last time his party is meeting the Governor.

If the Governor refuses the demand of the Opposition to convene the Assembly to ascertain the government's present strength, then we will have to go to the courts, Stalin added.

The delegation of state opposition leaders, led by the DMK, met Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Sunday. But on the contrary, this move of the party came as a boomerang to them as instead of Dhinakaran being sidelined, 21 MLAs from the party declared no confidence against the Chief Minister. However, he expressed hope that Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao would take suitable action on their demand. "Raja has been speaking only against Tamil Nadu and supporting him is like injecting venom in a state where students co-exist without being influenced by caste or religion", said a joint statement issued by U Thaniyarasu, S Karunaas and Thamimum Ansari, all MLAs who had contested in the AIADMK symbol. "I request all teachers and district education officials not to allow Raja into the Scouts and Guides in Tamil Nadu", he said.

Congress MLAs were also part of the delegation of opposition parties that met Rao in Chennai.

Ruling Congress on Monday announced it would participate in the 13 September stir organised in Puducherry by its ally DMK to condemn "imposition" of NEET on the selection of students to medical courses. The DMK leader said he had urged the Governor to act as the government had lost its majority in the 234-member House.

The Dhinakaran camp has been pressing for the ouster of Palaniswami as chief minister since the factions, led by the latter and his predecessor O Panneerselvam respectively, merged on August 21.

Stalin recalled that the Opposition has already demanded a floor test for the government and Dinakaran had also met the Governor earlier this week in the company of three more MLAs and conveyed to him that the Chief Minister had lost the confidence of MLAs loyal to him. "Without a floor test, any action taken by the government doesn't have the mandate of a majority".

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