Chennai, September 18: Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal on Monday disqualified 18 MLAs backing sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran. The disqualified MLAs include Thanga Tamilselvan, Senthil Balaji, P Vetrivel and K Mariappan.Also Read - Tamil Nadu Schools Reopening: Physical Classes to Resume For Kindergarten, Playschool Students From November 1

The MLAs have been disqualified with effect from today, under 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law. Also Read - Video: Sasikala Visits Jayalalithaa's Memorial For First Time Since Jail Release

On Sunday, Dinakaran had asked the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy to resign as well, because “whatever he is today, he is because of Chinamma [Sasikala]”. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Steps up Covid Screening of Passengers Arriving From Kerala During Festival Holidays

In a general council meeting last week, the party’s merged factions, under Edappadi Palaniswamy (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS), nullified the appointment of VK Sasikala as interim general secretary and Dinakaran as deputy general secretary.

Questioning the annulling of his aunt Sasikala, Dinakaran had said, “It’s because of Chinamma (Sasikala) that EPS and other ministers are where they are. Will they resign as they want Sasikala’s removal?”

Dinakaran’s representatives then approached the Election Commission and urged it to declare the party’s general council meeting null and void.

Dinakaran faction of AIADMK had also moved the Madras High Court on September 14, demanding a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to prove the majority of the Palanisamy government.

The high court later ordered that no floor test will be conducted till September 20.

With inputs from ANI