TN trust vote: DMK leaders on statewide hunger strike, Court postpones plea to Monday

On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Congress extended its support to DMK for the statewide hunger strike.

TN trust vote: DMK leaders on statewide hunger strike, Court postpones plea to Monday

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders, led by party's working president MK Stalin, went on statewide hunger strike in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday to protest the ruckus in the state Assembly on Saturday during the Palanisamy trust vote.

The Madras High Court had to address DMK's plea against Tamil Nadu trust vote today, but the court adjourned the plea for February 27, Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, Stalin had announced the DMK would hold a hunger strike across Tamil Nadu on February 22.


Stalin, on Sunday, sat at Marina Beach on a hunger strike accompanied by party MPs and MLAs, after the Assembly session saw Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy winning the vote of confidence 122-11. The DMK working president’s reason for the hunger strike was that he and his MLAs had been manhandled in the Assembly.

After the fight broke out in assembly with MLAs breaking chairs and Speaker P Dhanapal’s shirt being torn, DMK had been evicted out from the Assembly.

However, Stalin was arrested after his protest, and an FIR was lodged against him and other party MLAs for unlawful assembly and violation of public order. "DMK staged the protest without obtaining prior permission as required under law", a senior police official had said.

But several DMK workers also indulged in stone pelting and blocked traffic in many parts of the state.

On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Congress extended its support to DMK for the statewide hunger strike.

Earlier on Saturday, the Congress, an ally of DMK, had walked out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly before the trust vote, which was conducted by open ballot -against the wishes of Stalin, Congress and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

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