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Madras HC upholds disqualification of 18 MLAS, setback for Dhinakaran

The Madras High Court has upheld the Speaker’s disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs loyal to TTV Dhinakaran saving the present government a possible embarrassment over lack of numbers in the House. The verdict means the byelectiosn will be held to the 18 seats held by the MLAs, but the E Palaniswami government is still above the halfway mark. The 18 MLAs loyal to TTV Dhinakaran – who floated his own party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam ( AMMK) after exiting the AIADMK – are presently sequestered at the tourist town of Courtallam. The 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified on September 18 last year under the anti-defection law after they met the Governor and expressed loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

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