He alleged that the Speaker's decision to disqualify the MLAs was an attempt to save a sinking ship.

 Tamil Nadu is theatre of the absurd says former Union Minister P Chidambaram
news Politics Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:54

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday criticised Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal's decision to disqualify 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs as "blatantly partisan". He alleged that it was an effort to help the minority government and said the state has become a "theatre of the absurd".

On Monday, Speaker Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran. This was done on the ground that they had violated the provisions of the anti-defection law by voluntarily giving up membership of the party (AIADMK) when they gave a memorandum to Governor C.V. Rao against the continuance of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. 

"Nothing can save a sinking ship. Eighteen MLAs disqualified to manufacture a majority for the paralysed Tamil Nadu government. Tamil Nadu is theatre of the absurd," he said in a series of tweets.

"If the Tamil Nadu Speaker is correct, no elected leader of a legislature party can be changed by dissenting MLAs? Once elected, Chief Minister for five years," said Chidambaram. 

According to the Secretariat release, the MLAs were disqualified under Schedule 10 of the Constitution as of September 18.

Schedule 10 of the Indian Constitution, also known as the anti-defection law, comes into force if less than one third of the members of a party in an Assembly or House of Parliament vote against the party line.


(With inputs from IANS)


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