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The Edappadi Palaniswami government has got a reprieve on June 14, 2018, with the Madras High Court giving a split verdict in the AIADMK MLAs disqualification case. The case will now go to a third judge. This situation gives the AIADMK government more time to approach the concerned MLAs and explore the possibility of winning them back to the party fold.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification of the 18 AIADMK MLAs, but Justice M Sundar quashed the disqualification order. Therefore, the case will now go to a third judge.

Speculation is rife in the AIADMK circles that attempts will be made to win back some of these 18 MLAs. The Assembly has a ten-day recess from June 14 which coincidentally gives the ruling party at least ten days to reach out to these MLAs.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification of the 18 AIADMK MLAs, but Justice M Sundar quashed the disqualification order.

AIADMK sources believe that some of them could be persuaded to regret their action like S T K Jaggaiyan did. He was part of a group of 19 MLAs who gave a letter to the Governor that they wanted a change in the chief ministership. Later, Jaggaiyan gave a letter to the Speaker that he was misled and pressurized by the other MLAs to give that letter to the Governor. Jaggaiyan’s explanation was accepted by the Speaker and the order of disqualification was modified to allow him to continue to be a member. The Jaggaiyan template could be used to bring around some of the dissenters.

Till such time as a third judge gives the final order, the disqualification would continue as status quo would prevail.

Till such time as a third judge gives the final order, the disqualification would continue as status quo would prevail. However, by-elections cannot be held in these constituencies.

For the Dinakaran party, AMMK, the wait continues until final orders. The suspense continues.

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