AIADMK hails HC verdict on MLAs disqualification

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamilnadu Thursday hailed the Madras High Court verdict upholding the disqualification of 18 party MLAs saying it was a “just order.”

Party spokesperson P Valarmathi expressed joy over the verdict and said the K Palaniswami government has now proved its ‘stability.’

“We are very happy…this is a just order,” Valarmathi told PTI. When asked about the disqualified MLAs‘ plea to hold by-elections in their constituencies, she said the AIADMK was ready and expressed confidence that the ruling party will emerge victorious in all the 20 seats.

Besides the constituencies of the disqualified MLAs, the Tiruvarur and Thiruparankundram seats had fallen vacant following the death of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi and AIADMK’s A K Bose, respectively.

Justice M Sathyanarayanan had earlier Thursday upheld the 14 June order of the then Chief Justice disqualifying the 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs, which came as a huge relief to the Palaniswami government.

The 18 MLAs were disqualified on 18 September last year under the anti-defection law after they met the Governor and expressed loss of confidence in the Chief Minister.