Tamil Nadu, Sept 18: In a shocking development, 18 MLAs backing TTV Dhinakaran disqualified by Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal.
18 MLAs backing TTV Dhinakaran disqualified w.e.f. today, under 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law.
The disqualified MLAs include Thanga Tamilselvan, Senthil Balaji, P Vetrivel and K Mariappan.
18 MLAs backing TTV Dhinakaran disqualified by Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal. pic.twitter.com/pJedJ3aOWK
— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2017
In the statement issued by the state assembly, Speaker P. Dhanapal ordered “disqualification of 18 lawmakers under the anti-defection law from 18.9.2017 onwards”.
A total of 19 AIADMK lawmakers had submitted a letter to Governor C.V. Rao withdrawing their support to Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. They asked the Governor to initiate the process to install a new Chief Minister.
Following which AIADMK’s Chief Whip S. Rajendran wrote to Dhanapal to disqualify the 19 MLAs who have rebelled against Palaniswami.
On his part, Dhanapal issued notices to the 19 lawmakers asking why they should not be disqualified under the anti-defection law.
Subsequently, one of the lawmakers S.T.K. Jakkaiyan switched over to the Palaniswami-side.