Tamil Nadu crisis: In letter to Governor, DMK’s MK Stalin states floor-test ‘unconstitutional’

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New Delhi | February 18, 2017 8:44 PM

Amid political chaos in Tamil Nadu following the floor test in TN Assembly, DMK working President MK 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. (ANI)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. (ANI)

Amid political chaos in Tamil Nadu following the floor test in TN Assembly, DMK working President MK 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, today 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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Palanaswami had yesterday stated that he has got the support of 124 MLAs. The TN CM, however got an unexpected jolt from Mylapore MLA, Natarajan, who declared that he will be voting against Palaniswamy. Even a few TV channels had reported that DMK and IUML will be voting in favor of O Panneerselvam.

TN Assembly Speaker, who was supervising the floor test, continued the voting even after Congress and IUML MLAs walked out of the assembly, after DMK got expelled and MK Stalin was evicted.

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