Chennai, Feb 18: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday witnessed massive uproar during the trust vote polling for newly chosen Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy. A total of 122 MLAs in the Tamil Nadu assembly voted in favour of the newly elected Chief Minister Palanisamy. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)’s working President MK Stalin on Saturday met Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and apprised him of the situation in the Assembly. He declared a hunger strike and said he will hold a protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach. While stepping out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Stalin alleged that his shirt was torn off when assembly police forcefully evicted his party MLAs.Also Read - Power Cut in Chennai Today: Check List of Areas That Will Face Electricity Outage
The special session of the house was adjourned twice as Opposition parties stood united in their demand for polling via secret ballots. A total of 122 MLAs in the Tamil Nadu assembly voted in favour of the newly elected Chief Minister Palanisamy. Earlier in the day, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and other legislators made it difficult for the assembly to function. The DMK MLAs tore papers, climbed on the benches and sat on the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, P. Dhanapal’s seat. Also Read - Caught on Camera: Man With Sword Ransacks Popular TV Channel's Office in Chennai
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Stalin said that the speaker tore of his shirt himself and blamed MLAs of DMK and said all that has happened is a travesty of justice. Stalin also reiterated DMK’s demand for a secret ballot. The chaos in the assembly continued for a long time which led Speaker Dhanapal adjourned the session till 3 PM. Palaniswami, who was allowed to move the vote of confidence motion in the floor, remained a mere spectator while the entire ruckus happened.
Stalin after walking out from the assembly said, “We were told that assembly will reconvene at 3 pm, but at 2 pm Police came and tried to forcefully evict us. My shirt also torn”. P Dhanapal, Tamil Nadu Speaker said the house will function only according to rules. “Even though I was manhandled and shirt was torn, I reconvened house. The house will function only according to rules”, he added.
Earlier in the day, Stalin had asked Speaker Dhanapal to conduct the floor-test on another day. “Why the hurry when the Governor has given 15 days time. Democracy will be fulfilled, only when secret ballot voting is done, he said. The Speaker however rejected Stalin’s request to postpone the floor test and said nobody can interfere in his decision on how to vote.
O Pannerselvam and DMK demanded for a separate ballot voting. Meanwhile, scuffle between DMK MLAs and Marshals continued inside the Tamil Nadu Assembly while the Congress staged walk out from the assembly. Ousted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam aheadon Saturday said, “We don’t think we are in single digit. We believe 135 people should vote for us. Amma’s legacy rests on abled shoulders of O Panneerselvam, this will be the driving force to vote, not temporary confinement or brainwashing.”