Tamil Nadu floor test live update: After a lot of drama, protests and violence, E Palaniswamy has finally won the vote of confidence as 122 out of 133 MLAs present in the Assembly voted in favour of the newly elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu while just 11 members voted against him. The voting was supervised by the TN Assembly speaker P Dhanapal who continued with the proceedings even after the Congress and IUML MLAs walked out of the house after the DMK members were expelled and the working Party President MK Stalin was evicted from the assembly.
Here are the live updates from the ongoing political crisis in the state:
08:20 pm: DMK works detained in Coimbatore, after protest against the alleged mistreatment to MK Stalin in the assembly.
06:23 pm: Alleging the Speaker of conducting secret voting on Confidence Motion, MK Stalin requested the TN Governor to restore democratic values and demanded for the postponement of the Assembly.
06:15 pm: In a letter to the Tamil Nadu Governor, DMK’s MK Stalin alleged that the speaker’s agenda was to announce Chief Minister’s success in getting confidence vote in DMK’s absence.
5:25 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswamy says that O Panneerselvam camp worked against Amma’s government and today Tamil Nadu got to know who are the real Amma supporters.
5:10 PM: DMK’s working President MK Stalin has been detained by police for protesting at the Marina Beach.
4:45 PM: CM Palaniswamy paid tribute at Jayalalithaa Memorial after winning the floor test:
4:15 PM: DMK Working President MK Stalin will hold a protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach. He will be on fast against the trust vote in favour of E Palaniswamy.
4:10 PM: MK Stalin has reached the Raj Bhavan where he is in a meeting with the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao:
4:00 PM: AIADMK senior leader Pandiarajan believes things would have been different if the secret ballot was done. “There were constant threats and abusive language was used,” he said.
3:45 PM: Former Chief Minister believes that the Tamil Nadu voters have been cheated. “Once we go back to our constituencies will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed,” he said.
3:30 PM: E Palaniswamy has won the vote of confidence in Tamil Nadu Assembly as all the 6 segments of MLA voted in his favour. He will be the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
3:20 PM: After the Congress and IUML members staged out a protest, the voting for trust has started in block 2 of the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
3:10 PM: DMK President MK Stalin walking out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 18, 2017
3:05 PM: “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 was torn,” says MK Stalin.
3:00 PM: DMK’s working President MK Stalin has been forcefully evicted from the Tamil Nadu Assembly. He says he will meet the governor C Vidyasagar Rao and appeal in front of him.
2:50 PM: DMK MLA T. M. Anbarasan says that the police have entered the assembly and are not letting it function.
2:40 PM: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has hit back at DMK and called the secret ballot unconstitutional. “This is low; DMK did the same thing. Violence is the creed of DMK. The secret ballot is out of the question. It’s unconstitutional. The secret ballot is never held in assembly,” he said.
2:17 PM: After the ruckus caused by the DMK MLAs, Speaker P Dhanapal was rescued by the Marshalls.
2:00 PM: “You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt and insulted me, I am doing my work abiding law,” told Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker P Dhanapal.
1:45 PM: Pictures from the Tamil Nadu assembly:
1:21 PM: Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal has expelled all the DMK MLAs from the house for causing the ruckus and has ordered the police to take them out of the house.
Here is what happened in the Assembly today:
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 18, 2017
1:10 PM: Tamil Nadu Assembly session has started after the chaos in the morning.
12:55 PM: Lot of drama is happening outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly as an ambulance arrived on the spot while the MLAs went back into the house. Meanwhile, Congress leader Kapil Sibal has condemned the incident saying, “It’s unfortunate that such incidents took place in TN assembly, whatever speaker decides should be accepted by all.”
12:40 PM: Reacting to the incident, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “DMK is a violent and anti-national party. Whatever she is, VK Sasikala is much better than DMK”.
12:25 PM: In an unprecedented political drama in Tamil Nadu Assembly, DMK MLAs demanding secret ballot ‘gheraoed’ the Speaker and broke chairs in the house. They have also reportedly torn papers and the speaker P Dhanapal was forced to adjourned the session till 1 PM.
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12:12 PM: According to the latest reports, things have gone out of hand in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. DMK MLAs have surrounded the speaker and have reportedly, torn apart papers and threw chairs in the house.
12:07 PM: AIADMK MLA R Natarajan who is a supporter of O Panneerselvam camp says that MLAs should be given time to meet people and know their views.
12:01 PM: More chaos happening in the Tamil Nadu Assembly as the audio speaker kept in the press room (allocated for accredited reporters and cameraman) has been disconnected. So, the voting now continues amidst media blackout.
11:55 AM: Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal has said that nobody can interfere in my decision and tell me how to organise the voting process.
11:47 AM: According to the latest reports, 3 out of 6 blocks have voted in favour of E Palaniswamy.
11:42 AM: O Panneerselvam says the voice of people should be heard and the floor test should be done in assembly only after that.
11:40 AM: MK Stalin questions what is the hurry for seeking the vote of trust. “Democracy will be fulfilled, only when secret ballot voting is done,”, he said.
11:30 AM: Voting has started in the Tamil Assembly and the first batch has voted in favour of E Palaniswamy. However, the speaker has stopped the voting for the moment and has allowed DMK leader MK Stalin to speak.
11:25 AM: TN Assembly speaker P Dhanpal has assured the safety of all MLAs and the vote of trust has begun. The voting will be done in the batch of 6.
11:22 AM: Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker has rejected the demand of secret ballot by the O Panneerselvam camp and the proceedings are about to begin.
11:18 AM: There are reports of clashes between media persons and Police after Police denies media entry into TN assembly premises.
11:15 AM: According to the latest news, AIADMK Presidium Chairman Madhusudanan(OPS camp) has appointed S Semmalai as chief whip in assembly.
11:10 AM: Reportedly, there is some drama going inside the Tamil Nadu Assembly as DMK led by MK Stalin is raising slogans supporting O Panneerselvam.
11:02 AM: Tamil Nadu Assembly session begins and E Palaniswamy has moved the vote of confidence. He claimed that he has support of 122 MLAs.
10:55 AM: In the last minute bid, O Panneerselvam’s camp is in talks with E Palaniswamy’s camp. Earlier, EPS camp had ruled out the possibility of bringing Panneerselvam back in the party.
10:45 AM: Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has appealed to the Tamil Nadu MLAs. He has asked them not to buckle under pressure and help other camp win.
10:37 AM: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami has paid tribute to labour leader Singaravelar on 158th birth anniversary before the TN Assembly session.
10:30 AM: DMK’s working President MK Stalin has also reached the Assembly:
10:15 AM: Congress MLAs have reached TN Assembly ahead of the floor test:
10:00 AM: According to the latest developments, Congress will be voting against E Palaniswamy. They have 8 sitting MLAs in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The news has been confirmed just few hours before the floor test.
9:50 AM: MLA Arun Kumar and former Chief Minister Karunanidhi have confirmed that they won’t be attending the floor test. Yesterday, Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi confirmed that DMK won’t be voting for/against Palaniswamy’s floor test.
9:45 AM: DMK’s working President MK Stalin leaves for assembly to attend the special session. He has demanded a secret voting for the floor test.
9:37 AM: Heavy security deployed outside TN Secretariat before Palaniswamy’s floor test.
9:30 AM: AIADMK’s senior leader M Pandirajan says Amma’s legacy rests on ‘abled’ shoulders of O Panneerselvam. “This will be driving force to vote, not temporary confinement of brainwashing,” he added.
08:55 AM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reaches Secretariat.
08:15 AM: AIADMK party MLAs leave Kuvathur’s Golden Bay resort to attend a special session of the Tamil Nadu assembly.
08:00 AM: School students gather outside Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur in support of Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami who faces floor test today. “We pray for EPS, hope he sails through the floor test and establishes Amma’s rule in the state,” says a student.
07:30 AM: Crucial floor test in the special session of Tamil Nadu Assembly to take place today to decide the fate of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
08:58 PM: Addressing the media, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, “I reiterate to AIADMK MLAs to please think wisely before casting your vote tomorrow. Don’t buckle under pressure.” Please vote against the trust vote and safeguard the interests of Amma, he added further.
07: 56 PM: Speaking on the latest development on the entire Tamil Nadu political crisis, chief of TN Congress, S Thirunavukkarasar said, “We have conveyed our stand to the leadership and now we are waiting for their direction.” All our 8 MLAs will attend trust vote, he added further.
07:20 PM: The Election Commission has issued a notice to VK Sasikala on a petition filed by Dr. V Maitreyan challenging her nomination as AIADMK general secretary. Sasikala has been asked to reply by February 28.
Here’s is the copy of the letter issued by the Election Commission
6:50 PM: DMK’s MK Stalin says that people of Tamil Nadu have suffered a lot during the political crisis and if the Chief Minister E Palaniswamy will seek the vote of confidence tomorrow, his party will oppose it.
6:05 PM: Yesterday, Sasikala’s nephew Dhinakaran who was expelled from the party in 2011 by Jayalalithaa was appointed as the new deputy chief secretary of the AIADMK party. Today, he was removed from the party by AIADMK Presidium Chairman Madhusudhanan.
5:30 PM: Earlier in the day, AIADMK Presidium Chairman Madhusudhanan sacked 13 district secretaries including CM Edappadi Palaniswami who is Salem’s district secretary.
4:45 PM: Tamil Nadu Minister KA Sengottayan says that Madhusudanan has no power yo remove the General Secretary VK Sasikala.
4:15 PM: O Panneerselvam has written a letter to Tamil Nadu Police requesting them not to arrest Amma supporters who are peacefully protesting against current Government.
4:00 PM: Chief Minister E Palaniswamy has thanked for the wishes and greetings and looks to carry ahead the good work done by Jayalalithaa.
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) February 17, 2017
3:30 PM: Minister KA Sengottayan has been appointed as the floor leader of TN Assembly for E Palaniswamy’s floor test. he will take care of the proceedings tomorrow.
2:42 PM: AIADMK MLA R Nataraj has said that if E Palaniswamy’s Tamil Nadu Assembly floor test takes place within the democratic process then everybody will be happy. However, DMK leaderKanimozhi said that her party won’t be voting for/against in the test.
2:25 PM: According to the New Indian Express, the list of sacked district secretaries also contains the name of Chief Minister E Palaniswamy.
2:05 PM: E Madhusudanan has sacked 13 district secretaries of Tamil Nadu after removing Sasikala from the party.
2:00 PM: Soon after the new government was formed in Tamil Nadu, DMK leader MK Stalin said congratulated the new government and said, “I hope it will not function under control of VK Sasikala, who is in Bengaluru jail.” CM should remember his oaths, he added further.
1:40 PM: OPS camp has demanded secret voting in Palaniswamy’s floor test.
1:25 PM: O Panneerselvam camp has met the Tamil Nadu speaker ahead of the floor test.
1:15 PM: DMK will not participate in E Palaniswamy’s floor test, says Kanimozhi.
1:00 PM: According to the latest reports, senior leaders of OPS faction have met the Assembly Speaker and said all the 10 MLAs would take part in trust vote tomorrow.
12:45 PM: Presidium Chairman E Madhusudanan has revoked the membership of VK Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh.
12:20 PM: Another twist in Tamil Nadu politics as VK Sasikala has been dropped from the party.
12:05 PM: NGO Satta Panchayat Iyakkam withdraws the application from SC seeking a stay on the appointment of Sasikala as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
11:50 AM: DMK working president MK Stalin to chair party MLAs meeting today at 4 PM.
11:45 AM: AIADMK workers celebrated E Palaniswamy’s win by distributing sweets:
11:35 AM: Watch E Palaniswamy taking oath as the new CM of Tamil Nadu:
11:30 AM: Tamil Nadu Assembly to convene on 18th February 2017 and the v0te of confidence will also be taken on the same day, ANI quoted AIADMK.
11:10 AM: Speaking to the media lately, former CM O Panneerselvam said, “We will take out rallies and campaigns in various constituencies to make people aware of the situation.” We have taken a ‘shapath’ at Amma’s memorial to make people aware of the situation in the party and ways to bring the party out of it, he added further.
10:55 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated E Palaniswamy for his new role as the Tamil Nadu CM.
Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 16, 2017
10:35 AM: Newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy has told the news agency that he has no plans to visit Bengaluru today and will go to Kuvathur resort to meet the MLAs.
10:30 AM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy will seek a vote of confidence on February 18.
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10:00 AM: Speaker P Dhanapal has convened the session of the Tamil Nadu assembly at 11 am on Saturday for the trust vote, Assembly Secretary A M P Jamaludeen said in a statement.
9:30 AM: “On that day, the vote of confidence will be taken up,” A M P Jamaludeen said.