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Published: Mon, February 20, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami wins trust vote

Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami wins trust vote

They briefed the Governor on the ruckus in the Tamilnadu Assembly during the confidence vote yesterday and submitted a memorandum seeking the Governor to declare the trust vote won by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as invalid.

"To express our opposition to the AIADMK government, we will vote against the Palaniswami government in the motion of confidence that will be taken up tomorrow", Stalin said.

The other opposition includes the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam with 89 members, Congress with eight, the Indian Union Muslim League with one, and one seat is vacant. As the speaker did not respond to my request and appeared to be very eager to go ahead speedily with open voting, there was a protest by the members of the DMK.

The MPs, who approached the EC, belong to former Chief Minister Panneerselvam's camp. The Panneerselvam faction, in a meeting with Dhanapal on Friday, demanded secret ballot, hoping that many MLAs staying at Kuvathur would vote against the government in such a scenario.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has asked for a report from the assembly secretary on the incidents during the trust vote on Saturday, Raj Bhavan sources have said. Minister KA Sengottayan was appointed as the floor leader of the Tamil Nadu assembly to monitor and manage the floor test proceedings. The clamour around O Panneerselvam soared with DMK MLAs resorting to slogans in support of him.

The dissenting MLAs also surrounded the Speaker and heckled him for not allowing secret voting in the trust vote. In fact, DMK MLA Ku Ka Selvam sat on Speaker's chair which was disrespectful.

"MLAs should be given time to hear the views of their constituency people".

Stalin has accused the Speaker of tearing his shirt.

DMK leader M K Stalin and the MLAs looked resolute in disrupting the House to defer the process of the floor test. Speaker P Dhanapal, however, declined the demand of the protestors saying secret ballots are not held in Assemblies. He said to have quoted, "No one can question my decision in Assembly".

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