Leaders of opposition parties led by DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Sunday met Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao an urged him to convene the state assembly within a week so that the K. Palaniswami government can prove its majority.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Stalin said: “We urged the Governor to convene the assembly within a week. If it is not done then we will approach the court and also the people’s court.”
Stalin said the delegation also told Rao that they hoped this will be the last time they will be meeting him on the subject.
According to him, the DMK with 89 legislators, along with its allies – Congress eight, IUML one — total 98 legislators.
Stalin said 21 legislators belonging to AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran are opposed to Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.
In the 235-member Assembly there are now 234 members including one nominated member without voting right.
One seat remains vacant following the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa last year.
Effectively the number of legislators with voting rights in the assembly is 233.
The number of legislators who are opposed to the government is 119 — DMK and allies 98, Dinakaran faction 18.
“The ruling party has the support of only 114 legislators,” Stalin said.
“Only a democratically elected government, which has the support of majority of elected representatives, is mandated by the Constitution of India and this is recognised as a basic feature of our Parliamentary democracy,” Stalin told Rao.
In his letter to Rao, the DMK leader said it is mandatory on the part of the Governor to hold the floor test immediately and without any further delay.
“If the present minority Government is allowed by your good self to continue any further, it goes against the very basic constitutional tenets of Parliamentary Democracy and against the Constitutional Principles laid down by the Supreme Court,” Stalin told Rao.
In his letter, Stalin said any delay in directing an immediate floor test will only encourage horse-trading and foster unsavoury political manipulations in Tamil Nadu.
“The omission, so far, on the part of your good self in not directing a floor test is breeding a grave suspicion as to the impartiality of your functioning. Your good self may note that the Indian Constitution contemplates a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” Stalin told Rao.