OPS says voters betrayed by AIADMK MLAs, only dharma will win at end

Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami won the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly with 122 AIADMK MLAs supporting him in the 234-member House

OPS says voters betrayed by AIADMK MLAs, only dharma will win at end

Expressing his disappointment over AIADMK’s Edappadi K. Palaniswami winning floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the voters have been betrayed by the party MLAs.

Earlier, Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami won the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly with 122 AIADMK MLAs supporting him in the 234-member House.

Criticising the way DMK MLAs evicted from the House by the Speaker, Panneerselvam said we were trying for a secret ballot, but our efforts went in vain.


“Whether MLAs will be able to enter their constituencies after this is the question. The voters have been betrayed by MLAs,” he was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as saying.

“As they come out of the Assembly, they won't be able to answer questions here as well as to the people,” he added.

He also added that dispensation does not represent Amma as Jayalalithaa had said that she would never allow them into the party when she expelled them.

"We have time to prove this. At the end only dharma will win. If need be, we will meet the Governor," he said.

Meanwhile, Chennai police on Saturday arrested Leader of the Opposition M. K. Stalin and other DMK MLAs for staging a dharna at the Marina following the expulsion of opposition lawmakers from Tamil Nadu Assembly after they allegedly attacked Speaker P. Dhanapal.

Ahead of the trust vote, the Speaker P Dhanapal ordered the Assembly police to evict DMK MLAs, saying “You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt and insulted me, I am doing my work abiding law.”

Reports said Stalin was led out of the assembly with his shirt disheveled and undone, along with other MLAs.

“We were manhandled on the orders of the ruling party. I was pulled out of the assembly,” Mr Stalin was quoted by the NDTV as saying.

“If anything wrong happened, we regret it but we had to protest as the Speaker did not accept our demand for secret voting,” he added.