Palaniswami wins trust vote with 122 MLAs voting for him, DMK members expelled, Congress walks out
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Palaniswami, a loyalist of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, opted to do the test within two days though the government was given 15 days time to prove the majority in the House.
AIADMK's Edappadi K. Palaniswami won the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly with 122 AIADMK MLAs supporting him in the 234-member House. DMK members were escorted out after they are said to have attacked Speaker P. Dhanapal. The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the House after J. Jayalalithaa's death. The rest of the MLAs support O. Panneerselvam.
DMK leader MK Stalin and his other MLAS were escorted out after the violence. Stalin spoke to the media outside with a ripped shirt. The Speaker also has complained that his shirt was torn by DMK MLAs.
The Ahead of the trust vote, DMK MLAs were expelled from the Assembly as they were batting for O Panneerselvam. The Speaker P Dhanapal ordered the Assembly police to evict DMK MLAs. He also said: "You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt and insulted me, I am doing my work abiding law"
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said: "DMK is a violent and anti-national party. Whatever she is, Sasikala is much better than DMK."
The newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy had sought a vote of confidence in the state assembly.
According to reports, Minister KA Sengottayan was appointed as the floor leader of the Tamil Nadu Assembly ahead of the floor test. He will monitor and manage the floor test's proceedings.
There is no live telecast of the assembly proceedings, however, television reports have quoted DMK's Stalin as saying that MLAs have been treated as prisoners. DMK and Congress demanded secret ballot, as the speaker assured full safety of MLAs.
Stalin further questioned the hurry for floor test, while O Panneerselvam said that people's voices should be heard inside the assembly. OPS further demanded postponing floor test so that MLAs can visit their constituencies. However, Speaker clearly said that trust vote won't be postponed.
DMK MLAs surrounded speaker, demanding secret ballot, broke chairs, speaker's microphone and tore papers. After the violence, Speaker adjourned the assembly and left.
In Tamil Nadu state, today's floor test will be the first exercise the state will witness in about 30 years.
AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 234-member legislative assembly. Palaniswami will be seeking the confidence vote in line with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asking him to do so on Thursday while inviting him to form the government.
Palanisamy, a loyalist of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan, opted to do the test within two days though the government was given 15 days time to prove the majority in the House.