1. Tamil Nadu crisis: Fresh footage shows democracy trampled in Assembly, DMK’s MK Stalin says ‘will apologise if true’

Tamil Nadu crisis: Fresh footage shows democracy trampled in Assembly, DMK’s MK Stalin says ‘will apologise if true’

According to a report by the Times Now, as fresh tape footages shows the ruckus in the assembly during the floor test and depict democracy being trampled in the House, Stalin today claimed that the footage is edited.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2017 8:21 PM
Claiming that the trust vote had been conducted in an unconstitutional way, Stalin escalated uproar against the Speaker P Dhanapal and the floor test. (ANI) Claiming that the trust vote had been conducted in an unconstitutional way, Stalin escalated uproar against the Speaker P Dhanapal and the floor test. (ANI)

As political drama continues in Tamil Nadu following the jail sentence of VK Sasikala and the floor test in the Assembly declaring Edappadi Palaniswamy as the Chief Minister, DMK Working President MK Stalin and other party members had been aggressively protesting against the trust vote conducted at the House. Claiming that the trust vote had been conducted in an unconstitutional way, Stalin escalated uproar against the Speaker P Dhanapal and the floor test. According to a report by the Times Now, as fresh tape footages shows the ruckus in the assembly during the floor test and depict democracy being trampled in the House, Stalin today claimed that the footage is edited. However, hinting a half-hearted apology, Stalin asserted that if the proofs are true, he will apologise.

Speaking to the media, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President claimed that Edappadi Palaniswamy would not have become the CM if the TN Assembly had a secret ballot. He further stated that while during the deaths of MGR and Annadurai, there were official statements, no announcement was made during Former CM Jayalalithaa’s death.

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Days back, Stalin, in a letter to the Governor, alleged that the speaker’s agenda was to announce Chief Minister’s success in getting confidence vote in DMK’s absence. Alleging the Speaker of conducting secret voting on Confidence Motion, Stalin requested the TN Governor to restore democratic values and demanded for the postponement of the Assembly.

The trust vote to decide the Chief Minister of the state witnessed a lot of drama, protests and violence. DMK party leaders and Stalin aggressively protested against the way the floor test was conducted by the Speaker in the assembly and the eviction of his party members from the assembly. And as DMK leaders escalated protest in Marina Beach, MK Stalin was detained by the police. However, amid the ruckus, the state’s present Chief Minister, E Palaniswamy won the vote of confidence, with 122 out of 133 MLAs voting in favor of him. Only 11 MLAs voted against Palaniswamy.

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