Tamilnadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal with the AIADMK Assembly whip Ariyalur Rajendran and Law minister CV Shanmugam had a meeting on Friday at the speaker's chamber to discuss issuing a notice to 3 AIADMK rebel MLAs who are with TTV Dinakaran's AMMK party.
Rathasabapathy, Kalaiselvan, Prabhu are the three sitting ADMK legislators who have rebelled and expressed their support to AMMK general secretary Dinakaran after the disqualification happened a year and a half ago.
It has been expressed in the meeting, that sending notice to all three MLA's will not be in the violation of election model code of conduct as the polling is over in the state. If the notice is sent, the MLA's should respond within 15 days and then it will be left to the prerogative of the Speaker to decide on the replies filed by the MLAs.
With the completion of the by-elections 18 of the 21 constituencies, AIADMK will decide after seeing the outcome of the by-elections results scheduled on May 23. By-elections in the remaining 4 constituencies are scheduled on 19th May.
In fact, the leaders of AIADMK including the Chief Minister Edapadi Palanisamy and Deputy CM O Pannerselvam are more concerned about the by-polls than the Lok Sabha polls, as they(AIADMK) are surviving only by a wafer-thin majority.
AIADMK whip Ariyalur Rajendran also confirmed that he has raised the issue to the Assembly Speaker and has also requested the Speaker to take action against the 3 AIADMK MLAs who is been supporting TTV Dinakaran for last few months. The MLAs have said that they will respond appropriately if they receive notice from the Speaker seeking the explanation from them.
Political analysts feel that the AIADMK has started their game plan to reduce the number of MLAs who are against them to have 'the magic numbers' inside the Assembly when the floor test is conducted. However, the results of the by-polls will be a major deciding factor which will decide the fate of the AIADMK government as they need to win at least 9 seats out of 22 to survive till 2021.