Madras HC to hear DMK's plea seeking to declare Palaniswami's floor test null and void

On February 18, Palaniswami had passed the floor test with 122 AIADMK MLAs voted for him while�11 voted against him.

Madras HC to hear DMK

The Madras High Court will on Monday hear the petition, filed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, seeking to declare Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami's vote of confidence, held on February 18, as null and void.

In the 234-member Assembly, Palaniswami had won the confidence vote after he got support of 122 MLAs. He won the trust vote in the state Assembly after the eviction of main opposition DMK and walkout by its allies.

The voting ended after chaos in the House after speaker P Dhanapal turned down the opposition's request for a secret ballot. Chairs and mics were hurled and broken and Dhanapal was manhandled.

On February, 18 Dhanapal expelled DMK MLAs, including Stalin, after they protest against the floor test of E Palaniswami government.

While the O Panneerselvam camp demanded a secret ballot, the DMK demanded postponement of the trust vote. Speaker Dhanapal rejected both the demands, reports India Today.

Following the eviction by the speaker, MK Stalin and other leaders of the DMK held a protest at Marina Beach against their forceful eviction from the Assembly during which Stalin's shirt was reportedly torn.