Pressing ahead with its campaign against the K. Palaniswami government, the DMK-led Opposition on Sunday met Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao and demanded immediate convening of the Assembly and to direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority.
The DMK-led opposition has been claiming that the Palaniswami-led AIADMK government has "lost its majority" with the dissent by 21 of its MLAs and the DMK having a strength of 98 in the House.
Another DMK leader also cited the Supreme Court's decision in the S.R. Bommai and Arunachal Pradesh cases where the court had said that an Assembly was the place where a majority has to be proven and it was the Governor's duty to convene the House for the objective.
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The demand for a fresh floor test comes in the wake of 19 MLAs supporting T T V Dhinakaran expressing no-confidence in chief minister Palaniswami and submitting individual letters to the governor.
Besides K.R. Ramasamy (Congress Legislative Party Leader), K.A.M. Muhammad Abubacker (IUML), DMK legislators E.V. Velu, J. Anbazhagan, K. Ponmudi, M. Subramanian, P.K. Sekar Babu and T.M. Anbarasan were part of the delegation that called on Mr. Rao.
"The DMK will surely come to power in Tamil Nadu and will remain in power for at least 25 years". Stalin also said that the Governor has promised to take necessary stepsin this regard. If he doesn't act within a week, we would take legal steps and go the courts and also to the people. "If required, we will move the no-confidence motion as well", he told reports here. "Therefore, at this juncture you need to convene the assembly immediately without any further delay", the memorandum, which was given to the governor, said. "Stalin can't direct the governor as to what he should or shouldn't do. Allowing this government to continue would only encourage horse-trading", Stalin said. They asked the governor not to take any advice from the chief minister and the council of ministers when "the facts were so clear and evident that the ministry did not enjoy majority in the house".
DMK leaders had earlier met Rao on 27 August and to demand a floor test.