Edappadi Palaniswamy while addressing a press conference today said that the matter of the floor test was sub-judice and everything would be done according to the law. He was referring to the ruckus in the assembly on the day of the floor test. It may be recalled that most of the opposition MLAs had been debarred from voting following ruckus in the Assembly. No sooner had that been done, the vote was cast and E Palaniswamy was elected the chief minister.
He also said that farmers affected by drought will be compensated within 5 days. He said there is no mystery over Jayalalitha’s death and people are just making an issue of it.
On Saturday last he was elected as the chief minister after DMK MLAs were expelled from the assembly. The question then was can a trust vote still happen? According to experts this is not the true way of conducting the house. With 89 members expelled, it will be a cakewalk and according to Dr Subramanian Swamy, Supreme court will uphold them. According to Constitution, the MLAs who disrupt the house, can be expelled and by a resolution and their seats can be declared vacant.
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In the event MLAs refuse to move out of the assembly, the Speaker has several options including changing the venue for votes. This morning floor test proceedings started, it looked like it would be concluded within no time. But soon, massive fight for secret ballot erupted and MK Stalin was forced evicted followed by the other DMK MLAs. Soon it turned out to be a law and order situation. The Speaker said that the disruption was unacceptable. There was even a clash happened between marshalls and DMK MLAs. DMK MLAs even sat on the Speakers chair. This is the second time that a bedlam has happened in TN Assembly. With the assembly adjourned twice once at 12 pm and again at 1 pm, it is unlikely that the house will be adjourned again.
MK Stalin, DMK MLA is already saying that he will be going to the governor. Congress and Muslim League MLAs also walked out, making it even easier for the Sasikala proxy.