A day after the two factions of the AIADMK merged, the Edappadi Government has been reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by 19 MLAs loyal to deposed deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran.
These MLAs met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan this morning and informed him that that they are withdrawing support to the Government as it has forfeited their confidence.
In separate, but identical letters, they cited “corruption and maladministration” as the reason for their loss of confidence in Edapppadi and asked the Governor to take necessary steps as per the provisions of the Constitution.
The Governor immediately after their meeting, left for Mumbai, indicating that he is in no hurry to take a call as the situation is still fluid.
Edappadi Government won the trust vote last February with the support of 122 MLAs. With the rebellion by 19 MLAs, the strength has fallen to 103. Of these, three members elected on the AIADMK symbol have thrown their weight behind the rebels, reducing the strength of the government to 100. The merger of O Pannerselvam will get support of 11 MLAs with him. Even with 111, the Government will be short of majority by six votes.If this uncertainty continues, it will pave the way for horse-trading.
If this government falls, no alternative is possible as the DMK and its allies have only 98. In such a situation, President’s rule will become inevitable.
The opposition DMK and its allies have only 98 MLAs .The DMK wants early election as its working president M K Stalin feels is confident of an outright win since he secured 90 seats in the last Assembly elections in 2016 when Jayalalitha was around.
Taking note of the rebellion, Stalin has said the Governor should immediately call the Tamil Nadu Assembly session and ask Edappadi to prove his majority.