Chennai : In a big relief to govt to Palaniswami govt, Madras High Court has upheld disqualification of 18 MLAs, loyal to ousted party leader VK Sasikala and he nephew TTV Dinakaran.
The court ruling will now mean by elections are mandatory for seats held by these MLAs.
The turnout spells setback to Dinakaran, who was looking for leverage over chief minister EPS and his deputy O Panneerselvam(OPS).
Dhinakaran appeared unperturbed and said “If by-elections are held, we will win. We expect a positive outcome.”
EPS held his cheer too saying, if bypolls are announced for the 18 seats, Amma’s govt will win them all.
In 2017 the Assembly Speaker had disqualified the lawmakers, on basis of anti-defection law after, they wrote to governor seeking removal of E Palaniswami as chief minister.
Had the court verdict been in the reverse, the state govt would have lost its majority and possible ouster if lawmaker with Dhinkaran voted against it.
By-elections will be held for 20 seats, including two that lie vacant since the death of members.
With 20 vacant seats, the Tamil Nadu assembly strength stands reduced to 214 from total 234.