Tamil Nadu assembly: Proceedings on Palanisawami trust vote stalled by protests

Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K Palanisamy won an easy trust vote by 122-11, which was followed by ugly eviction of main opposition DMK and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes.

Tamilnadu's DMK acting secretary M.K Stalin is today's hero after TN Assembly Floor test.

The opposition includes the DMK with 89 members, Congress (eight) and Indian Union Muslim League (one), while one seat is vacant. DMK's 88 members were ordered to be evicted by Speaker P Dhanapal after they indulged in a ruckus.

After AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa's death in December previous year, the tussle for power between two party factions, led by party general secretary Sasikala and former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, has only gone from bad to worse.

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Their request for a secret vote has been rejected by the speaker.

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.

Early Saturday, another MLA, Arun Kumar, who was holed up at the Koovathur resort, escaped and said he will abstain from voting in the floor test.

On the other hand, if a secret ballot on the confidence motion is allowed and a whip is issued, the issue before the Panneerselavam camp would be whether to abide by the whip or disobey.

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While watch and ward staff physically carried Legislators, DMK MLAs resisted by whatever means they could.

In edited visuals aired on local channels, DMK lawmakers were seen around the speaker's chair, yanking mics, picking up chairs and ripping up papers. Stalin went to protest at the Marina beach along with 63 MLAs, 3 MPs. Eleven AIADMK legislators voted against him. As the protest persisted, the speaker adjourned the House.

He said he was "manhandled" by the marshals in the Assembly and that several of his colleagues were assaulted.

DMK lawmakers allegedly pushed Speaker P Dhanapal and broke the chairs and stood on tables inside the assembly, following which, the DMK members were evicted from the house.

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