The ruling party in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK, welcomed the Madras High Court’s verdict on Thursday that upheld the disqualification of 18 MLAs from the party. AIADMK said it was ‘just an order’.
Expressing joy over the court verdict, AIADMK sportsperson P Valarmathi said it proved the ‘stability’ of the K Palaniswami government in power. “We are very happy…this is a just order,” Valarmathi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Valarmathi said that the party was confident of winning all the 20 seats and that AIADMK was ready for any verdict that the court delivers, when asked about the MLAs’ plea of holding by-elections for the seats.
Besides the 18 disqualified MLAs, seats at Tiruvarur and Thiruparankundram have been vacant since the death of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi and AIADMK’s A K Bose respectively.
The June 14 verdict of disqualification delivered by the then Chief Justice as upheld on Thursday by Justice M Sathyanarayanan. This must have been a huge satisfaction for the Palaniswami government.
All the 18 MLAs were disqualified on September 18, 2017 under the anti-defection law. Following which they called on the Governor and expressed their no-confidence in the Chief Minister.
The Madras High Court verdict in a way saved the current government the blushes for lack of numbers in the House. Now by-elections are imminent in 18 seats with the state government remains above the halfway mark of 116.