While one might wonder if our politicians have reformed, the secret behind the cordial atmosphere is DMK’s expectation that the Madras High Court will declare its verdict — on the disqualification of 18 legislators supporting Amma Makkal Mun-netra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran — anytime soon.
The DMK wants to stay inside the House when the judgment is pronounced as it would give them an opportunity to bring down the government. If the Opposition took on the ruling party in an aggressive manner, the ruling party could try to provoke the DMK members and finally evict them enmasse or at least a dozen of them.
The DMK members had been evicted when the budget session began in March and a second eviction would result in their suspension for the rest of the session. This will stop them from taking part in voting in any of the motions when the verdict on the MLAs disqualification is delivered.
Initially, the party announced a boycott of the Assembly session stating that it would not enter the Assembly till stronger steps are taken for closure of Sterlite factory. But, they decided to enter the Assembly only after the High Court judgment. One has to wait and see if the verdict, which has already been delayed for a long time, is announced after the session is over.
— N Ravi Kumar, Chennai