Court Verdict On Disqualification Of 18 AIADMK Lawmakers Today: 10 Points


  1. In September last year, Speaker P Dhanapal had disqualified 18 AIADMK lawmakers close to sacked party chief VK Sasikala for writing to then Governor Vidyasagar Rao, withdrawing support to Mr Palaniswami and seeking his replacement. They had made it clear that they were not withdrawing support to the AIADMK government. 
  2. The Speaker had acted on a plea filed by the AIADMK whip in the assembly who contended that the rebels through their action had tried to topple the state government and hence invited action according to the anti-defection law. 
  3. The AIADMK has 116 lawmakers, excluding the Speaker, in the 234-member assembly. The opposition DMK has a tally of 98 and VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran is the lone Independent legislator. Recently, three more lawmakers extended their support to Mr Dhinakaran, bringing down the AIADMK’s numbers to 113 — four less than the simple majority mark — should there be a trust vote.
  4. If the court strikes down the disqualification, it…

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