Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

DMK challenges Tamil Nadu trust vote in Madras High Court

DMK challenges Tamil Nadu trust vote in Madras High Court

The vote was preceded by eviction of principal opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and walkout by its allies, which have 98 legislators in the 234-member House, in protest. Palaniswami was administered the oath of office by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after he submitted a letter on February 14 claiming he was elected as the Leader of the AIADMK Legislature party in a meeting of its MLAs that day.

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen has been asked to submit the report.

The AIADMK camp led by Sasikala was obviously happy and distributed candies. Being one of the fastest growing states in the country, Tamil Nadu's economic and development activity can not be held hostage to the politics of legacy. Stalin along with 63 MLAs, three MPs and several DMK cadres has been named in the FIR for holding the agitation.

Police later took the DMK MLAs into custody. While DMK workers blocked the Chennai- Bangalore National Highway at several places, they burnt the effigy of the Speaker in other parts of the state. Dhanpal, was gheraoed had to be rescued by the marshals in the assembly. Meanwhile, Stalin also alleged that he was manhandled as he spoke to the media wearing a torn shirt outside the Assembly.

The Speaker, who belongs to the Sasikala camp, stood his ground and said that legislators could not interfere with his powers.

Palaniswami presented a bouquet to Governor Rao and held a brief discussion with him, the release said. DMK man Selvam was seen occupying the Speaker's chair amid the uproar.

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Finally, the Speaker adjourned the house till 1 PM.

Showing strong resentment against Palanisamy being chosen as the Chief Minister, Stalin said had there been a secret ballot, the verdict would have not been the same.

Stalin contended that the Speaker ought not to have conducted the floor test with the captured MLAs, without giving them the full freedom to exercise their franchise and to reflect the mind of the public in their respective Assembly constituencies.

Stating that he will participate in the hunger strike from Tiruchi, Stalin mentioned, "We're trying to meet President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on this regard, we have sought time to highlight the Assembly situation". An AIADMK member did not participate in the voting.

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