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Here’s how 10 pro-Panneerselvam MPs may still retain their Parliament seats

india Updated: Feb 18, 2017 07:31 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

MPs supporting former chief minister O Panneerselvam could still be safe even as their leader has been expelled from the party. (AFP file )

Despite raising red flags against party leader and chief minister E Palanisami, the ten AIADMK MPs may retain their seats in Parliament.

These MPs could still be safe even as their leader O Panneerselvam has been expelled from the party.

Ten out of the 50 MPs of went to the election commission on Thursday to oppose the organisational changes made by Sasikala, claiming that her own appointment as the secretary general was illegal.

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Sources in Parliament told HT that no proposals to change the hierarchy in the two Houses have so far been received from the AIADMK brass from Chennai.

Experts say that even if 10 MPs have rebelled against Sasikala and the reigning authority of the party, it might not be prudent for the AIADMK leadership to expel them.

“If they are expelled, the MPs can still retain their seats and act freely in the House,” said TK Vishwanathan, former Lok Sabha secretary general.

The Parliamentary rules makes it clear that if the MP quits on his own or defies the party whip, then he or she can be expelled. But if the lawmaker is expelled from the party, he retains his membership in the House.

The party may decide to suspend some of its MPs. Doing that can be a clever strategy. The rebels can be taught a lesson but at the same time, they will remain bound by the party whips and can’t vote independently in the House.

“But in the larger picture, the internal chaos of the AIADMK is bound to reflect in the party’s functioning in the House. It is now clear that among the MPs too, there are two factions. They are bound to fight over party lines and we may even see one speaker in disagreement with the other,” said Afzal Amanullah, former parliamentary affairs secretary.

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