While the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu is being compared to the action against some MLAs in Karnataka in 2010, a study of the two cases presents some interesting similarities and contrasts. The Independents were also covered as they were considered part of the BJP on account of their earlier support to Mr Yeddyurappa. As for the aspect of retraction, in Karnataka, two MLAs had gone back on their original stand and escaped the wrath of the presiding officer.
The JD(U), in a statement signed by chief spokesperson KC Tyagi, said the decision highlighted the wide powers conferred on the Speaker under the 10th Schedule and 192 (2)) of the Constitution. The provision includes the conduct of the member outside the House, Mr Tyagi said. He pointed out that the Speaker of the Uttarakhand Assembly had, in 2016, disqualified nine rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law. The JD(U) wanted swift action against its own dissidents.
The DMK on Tuesday accused Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao of not ordering a floor test for the Palaniswamy government and instead. Allowing it to continue for nearly a month after it lost majority and said this led to a black episode in the state's politics. This meeting records that this is a black episode in Tamil Nadu politics, a resolution adopted by the MLAs said.
Tamil Nadu on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that Karnataka can't have freedom of choice on the use of its share of Cauvery water as it would alter the 2007 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award. His submission came in the course of the hearing of cross-petitions by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which have both challenged the tribunal award. At this, the court said that after the pronouncement of judgment, it would give Centre some time to comply with its orders.
JD(U) chief general secretary and national spokesman KC Tyagi told The Hindu on Tuesday that the party would have no option but request the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha to disqualify Mr Veerendrakumar if he violated the whip. We are aware of the Kerala JD(U)'s stance and the desperate attempt being made by Mr Veerendrakumar to save his Rajya Sabha seat. If he rebels he will face the same fate as the rebel AIADMK legislators in Tamil Nadu, Mr Tyagi said.
Referring to the decision of the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker to disqualify 18 AIADMK MLAs from the House, the JD(U) today demanded a similar action against two of its rebel MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. The party has already approached the Rajya Sabha chairman, seeking disqualification of the two MPs, who were yesterday given one more week to the House to respond to the JD(U)'s charges against them.
With the political impasse in Tamil Nadu showing no signs of letting up, Opposition Congress and DMK legislators are reportedly contemplating mass resignations from the state Assembly to force early elections in the state. A DMK party spokesperson rejected these reports and said the party isn't likely to force its MLAs to resign. The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 235-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, while the main Opposition party DMK has 89 MLAs.
Sources from the ruling AIADMK said that Palaniswami is expected to meet the Governor in a day or two. A day after the Assembly speaker disqualified 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs supporting ousted leader TTV Dhinakaran, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is likely to meet the governor CH Vidyasagar Rao shortly. The governor, who met President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, arrived Chennai in the afternoon.
BJP's Tamil Nadu unit today requested the postal department to enable the remittance of estate workers' salary through post offices since they were facing problems in accessing it through ATMs and banks. There are only a few ATMs in Valparai town and people in remote estate regions are facing extreme hardship to access these ATMs. She said there was a very good postal infrastructure in Valparai Town and in surrounding estates and requested the department to enable salary remittance through post office.
The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the state government what steps it has taken to check the anti-NEET protests and whether any organisation was instigating the students. Justice N Kirubakaran, who was hearing a petition filed by a student after the suicide by 17-year-old NEET aspirant Anitha, posted the matter for further hearing on Wednesday. The court also wanted to know whether any organisation was responsible for instigating the students to protest against NEET.
Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, a day after 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakara were disqualified under the anti-defection law. During the 20-minute meeting, the governor is believed to have apprised the home minister about the current political developments in the southern state, officials said. The disqualified MLAs had yesterday told the governor that they had no confidence in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy, and accused him of being corrupt.
The only notable exception being 2014, when BJP mopped up enough seats north of the Vindhyas to shed dependence on its allies. The absolute majority BJP enjoys in the Lower House notwithstanding, it is still not taking any chances ahead of the next general elections. It has made the crucial mistake of discounting Tamil Nadu at its own peril twice over. BJP would want to be part of a pre-poll coalition to take on the DMK-Congress combination in Tamil Nadu.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday attacked Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal's decision to disqualify 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs as blatantly partisan to help the minority government and said the state has become a theatre of the absurd. Nothing can save a sinking ship, he said in a series of tweets. Once elected, Chief Minister for five years, Chidambaram said, in a sarcastic tone.
Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the second time in two days, after 18 legislators loyal to sidelined AIADMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified on Monday by the Speaker of the Assembly, P Dhanapal. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today said Dhanapal had taken the wrong decision.
Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a day after 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified under the anti-defection law. During the 20-minute meeting, the governor is believed to have apprised the home minister about the current political developments in the southern state, officials said. The disqualified MLAs had yesterday told the governor that they had no confidence in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, and accused him of being corrupt.
Describing Monday's political developments in Tamil Nadu as a tragi-comedy, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram blamed Speaker P Dhanapal for allegedly helping an minority government by disqualifying 18 dissenting AIADMK MLAs. In a series of tweets, the former union minister also blamed Governor C Vidyasagar Rao for failing to act. Speaker's decision to disqualify MLAs blatantly partisan and to help minority TN Govt Nothing can save sinking ship. 18 MLAs disqualified to manufacture a majority for paralysed TN Govt TN is theatre of the absurd.
A team of police from Tamil Nadu recently visited a resort in Kodagu, where supporters of sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran had been staying. They were looking for Mr Balaji, but couldn't find him in the resort. In order to trace his whereabouts, the CCB team is now camping in Bengaluru, sources said. Mr Balaji, during his tenure as the Transport Minister, is alleged to have collected Rs 5 crore from candidates aspiring to secure jobs in the Transport department.
The Congress on Monday said that the delay in action by the Tamil Nadu Governor and Speaker is something which is seriously liable to be questioned in court adding that the Speaker's decision to disqualify rebel AIADMK lawmakers is also liable to be challenged. Certainly every party in the country is monitoring, it is not that the Congress party is obliged to comment upon other party's event.