The Madras HC on Thursday issued orders to the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker not to conduct a floor test till Sept 20. The court was hearing the opposition DMK's plea to convene the house to prove the majority of Edappadi K Palaniswami's government.
The order was issued after advocate general Vijay Narayan sought time to get the advice of Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on DMK's petition to conduct the floor test in the House. He further added that the Speaker was not in a position to tell the court whether he would ask Palaniswami to hold the trust vote or not.
During the hearing, DMK's advocate Kapil Sibal said that Palaniswami was taking measures to oust the 19 rebel MLAs and then conduct a floor test in the House to show minimum majority.
However, opposing Sibal's argument, the government counsel sought some more time from the court to get the instructions of the speaker and also the governor. Meanwhile, Justice M Duraiswamy who was hearing the case asked speaker Dhanapal not to hold the floor test till the court issues further order. The speaker had given a deadline till Thursday evening to the hostile MLAs to react on the show cause notice they were sent. In response to this, one of the rebel MLAs P Vetrivel met the speaker and gave a letter on behalf of all the 19 legislators, seeking more time to explain their stand. Meanwhile, Palaniswami and his deputy secretary O Panneerselvam held discussions with senior ministers at the Secretariat.