Edappadi Palanisamy won vote of confidence, with 122 AIADMK MLAs voting in his favor
It was all over in ten minutes when the Tamil Nadu Assembly resumed after the third adjournment with DMK and Congress absent from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, the new Chief Minister and Edappadi Palanisamy won the vote of confidence, with 122 AIADMK MLAs voting in his favor.
He won the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly today after hours of ruckus, violence and two adjournments.
The Tamil Nadu assembly resumed again at 3PM today after members of opposition disrupted the proceedings of trust motion and twice earlier the House was adjourned.
When the House resumed at 3 PM the eight Tamil Nadu Congress MLAs and one Muslim Party (IUM) MLA wolked out of the House.
In the morning, ruckus broke out in Tamil Nadu Assembly as a special session began or the key floor test on the confidence motion to be moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.
The Speaker P Dhanapal walked out of the Assembly around 12.30 PM and the House was adjourned till 1 PM amid violence by DMK MLAs. Legislators tore papers, broke chairs and pulled off microphones after the Speaker rejected their demand of secret ballot in trust vote.
At 1PM again the House was adjourned and before the adjournment Speaker Dhanapal ordered that all the members of the DMK be removed out of the Assembly.
The DMK MLAs earlier tore papers and threw chairs demanding secret ballot after which the speaker had halted the proceedings and walked out of the assembly. This was the aftermath of the speaker refusing a secret ballot and then ordering a voice vote for the motion.
In the morning, all hell broke loose after the Speaker rejected the demand for a secret ballot by MLAs belonging to the O Panneerselvam camp, who were supported by the DMK, Congress and IUML.
Earlier, Chief minister Palaniswami had suffered a jolt on Friday after former state police chief and MLA R Nataraj switched sides to Panneerselvam’s camp.
Early Saturday, another MLA, Arun Kumar, who was holed up at the Koovathur resort, escaped and said he will abstain from voting in the floor test.
The Palanisamy camp had 122 MLAs in the 234-member House with one vacancy. Ailing DMK supremo M Karunanidhi was not present in the House.
Among the most played images of today will surely be Stalin showing his torn shirt.
- Asian Tribune -