MADURAI/CHENNAI: Amid the fluid situation in the ruling party, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday set an October 31 deadline for the Election Commission of India to take a call on the AIADMK’s frozen Two Leaves symbol.
Disposing of a public interest litigation, a Bench comprising justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan said: “Any delay in the matter would seriously hamper the functioning of the political parties in their political activities.” It wondered why the EC was proceeding at a snail’s pace when it was quick and snappy in a similar dispute involving the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.
This was the third timeline that came from high court benches in connection with the party turf war. While one pertained to the bar on holding floor test in the State Assembly before September 20, the other one was October 23, when a division bench will hear a challenge to the ruling party conducting its general council meeting.
In Kancheepuram, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami tore into rebel leader T T V Dhinakaran and dared him to let off the 18 MLAs shepherded by him in a resort in Karnataka. “You are keeping some MLAs promising them allurements. Just let them off. Straightaway they will come to us,” he said. Stating that Dhinakaran was keen on capturing the party and government, Palaniswami said: “The party cadre and office bearers have closed the doors on you. You are trying to capture the party and government through crooked means. It won’t happen.”
Earlier in the day, Palaniswami and Advocate General Vijay Narayan held discussions with Speaker P Dhanapal at the Secretariat. Indications from the Speaker’s office suggested that the disciplinary action against the rebel could end up in disqualification.
Midnight memorial visit
J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa, paid a surprise visit to the memorial of her aunt on Marina at midnight on Friday and paid homage. She was there along with her husband Madhavan. Deepa said the government should not last as it didn’t have majority