Tamil Nadu: Stalin, DMK leaders arrested
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.
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.
Earlier, 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.
Reports also said DMK functionaries are carrying out a road roko at Tirunelveli junction condemning the attack on opposition leader.
In the first floor test in 30 years in Tamil Nadu, 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.
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.
Ahead of the procedure MK MLAs surrounded speaker, demanding secret ballot, broke chairs, speaker’s microphone and tore papers. After the violence, Speaker adjourned the assembly and left.