Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker M. Appavu on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, agreed to consider the AIADMK’s request to allocate the seat of Deputy Leader in the Assembly to R.B. Udhayakumar. The seat has so far been occupied by the AIADMK’s expelled coordinator, O. Panneerselvam.
The Speaker made the announcement after Chief Minister M.K. Stalin requested him to kindly reconsider his decision on the issue and to allot the seat to Mr Udhayakumar, who has been elected as the Deputy Leader of the AIADMK Legislature Party, headed by former Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
The AIADMK, led by Mr. Palaniswami had been demanding the allotment of the seat to Mr Udhayakumar instead of Mr. Panneerselvam. Until now, the Speaker had taken the stand that allotment of seats to MLAs was his prerogative and no seat was reserved for the Deputy Leader of Opposition, as the post was not a “recognised one”.