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AIADMK MLAs disqualified: Chidambaram accuses Tamil Nadu Speaker of helping Palaniswamy govt get majority

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

"Nothing can save a sinking ship," 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," Chidambaram said, in a sarcastic tone.

Calling it a "great betrayal", the former Union Minister said the state government should go on the sole ground it callously delayed moving the Supreme Court for additional 19 percent for other backward classes.

On Monday, Speaker Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran on the ground 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 CV Rao against the continuance of Chief Minister K Palaniswamy.

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Updated Date: Sep 19, 2017 11:55:58 IST

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