DMK-led Opposition Meets TN Governor, Presses For Floor Test

DMK working president M.K. Stalin along with other opposition leaders met Tamil Nadu governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai

"However, if the Governor does not respond to our request within a week, then we will have to take legal resort and mobilize people's mandate", Stalin said further. "Allowing this government to continue would only encourage horse-trading", Stalin said.

Stalin said the opposition would launch a mass movement in case the Governor fails to convene the assembly and tests the majority of the AIADMK government.

Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu led by DMK's M K Stalin met in charge Governor Vidhyasagar Rao over the prevailing political crisis.

The opposition parties have sought an appointment with the governor to apprise him of the "prevailing issues" in the state.

"We urged the Governor to take action and convene the Assembly". 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. The BJP National Executive member's comments come a day after Stalin-led the opposition to Raj Bhavan.

With the ruling AIADMK divided - its Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran claims the support of at least 21 legislators who had written to Rao that they had withdrawn support to Palaniswami - the government no longer has the requisite majority, Stalin said. Earlier this month, he slammed the announcement made by the new unified AIADMK on convening the general council meet, saying only party chief V K Sasikala has the right to make such announcements.

The Palaniswami Government has the support of only 113 legislators (excluding the Speaker) in the House, which has a collective strength of 233, four short of a simple majority.

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.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was present at the meeting, argued that a party can not rule a state if the party doesn't command the mandate of the state and believes that a floor test is the only way to come to a solution.

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