Chennai sources have stated that the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly P. Dhanpal has clearly faulted when he decided to disqualify the 18 AIADMK MLAs who are sailing with the dissident leader TTV Dhinakaran. The MLAs were sought to be punished even before they committed any crime while O. Pannerselvam and his associates who violated the whip when E. Palaniswmy government went for the confidence motion are happily enjoying ministerial berths.
Moreover the disqualification of the MLAs means the reduction in the strength of Tamil Nadu Assembly. With this, the half-way mark would be 108 since the effective strength of the 235-Member Assembly will come down to 117, if the court does not strike down the Speaker’s order.
The ruling party enjoys enough support to win
confidence vote. It is significant that the Speaker has announced his decision
to axe the dissident MLAs on a day when acting governor Ch Vidyasagara Rao
landed in Chennai. The drama is not yet over and it will continue at the cost
of good governance for the hapless people of Tamilnadu who had been at the
mercy of the wily politicians both in Tamilnadu and Delhi.