The DMK, the main opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, on Friday decided not to press its no-confidence motion against Speaker P Dhanapal as it wants to discuss burning issues like the water crisis in the State, resumption of hydrocarbon project in the Cauvery delta region and the Modi Government’s decision to bring Hindi through three-language in schools and also go in for one nation and one poll and one ration for the whole country.
Another reason was that the party does not have the numbers to bring down the government even after its tally has improved to 100 and with allies 108.
It is still short of the half way mark of 117 whereas the AIADMK has improved its strength to 122 by winning nine out of 22 seats for which by-elections were held recently.
The decision not to rock the boat was taken by the DMK after the House, which met in the morning, adjourned to July 1 after adopting resolution condoling the death of four MLAs.
Talking to reporters after the House adjourned, Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin , apparently referring to Dhanapal’s move to disqualify three more dissident AIADMK legislators, said the situation which prevailed when he gave notice of a no-confidence motion against him was different.
The affected three MLAs have already moved the Supreme Court and got an interim stay, restraining the Speaker from going ahead with the disqualification proceedings. They relied on Stalin’s no-trust motion, saying that till it was disposed of, Dhanapal could not function as Speaker.
Stalin said he had given a letter to the Speaker, drawing his attention to the important issues that he intended to raise in the coming session like the water crisis.
Elaborating on that, Stalin said the Edappadi Government was enacting a farce by laying the foundation for a desalination plant in Chennai which was announced when late J Jayalalitha was Chief Minister.
Besides these reasons, Stalin also knew that despite the DMK winning 13 out of the 22 seats for which by-elections were held along with the Lok Sabha polls , the AIADMK has also strengthened its position by winning nine seats, taking its total strength to 222, five more than the half way mark.
Another reason is that even DMK legislators are not eager to bring down this government when the Assembly has life for another two years , unless an alternative government is possible.
Reflecting the new mood, Stalin told party men at an agitation for water in Chennai the other day that there were ways to bring down this government without precipitating a mid-term poll, meaning cross voting by the AIADMK malcontents.
Realising that numbers are against him, Stalin eventually decided not to press the no-trust motion against the Speaker