Tamil Nadu floor test: MK Stalin detained while protesting against eviction of DMK members

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Chennai | Published: February 18, 2017 5:12 PM

DMK Working president MK Stalin was detained while he was sitting in protest in Marina Beach against the way the Tamil Nadu state Assembly was conducted today

 A lot of ruckus were seen in the Assembly. (ANI)A lot of ruckus were seen in the Assembly. (ANI)

DMK Working president MK Stalin was detained while he was sitting in protest in Marina Beach against the way the Tamil Nadu state Assembly was conducted today and eviction of his party members during the floor test of the Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Prior to his protest, he had also met Governor Vidyasagar Rao on the issue.

During the trust vote today, which the ruling AIADMK party won comfortably, a lot of ruckus were seen in the Assembly. After a lot of drama, E Palaniswamy 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 with just 11 members voted against him.

Right from the beginning, it wasn’t a cakewalk with the House being adjourned twice in the day. It was becoming difficult to get the numbers during as the DMK and Congress decided to vote against the government at the very start. Following today’s floor test, it is reported that Palaniswamy is likely to visit Sasikala in Bengaluru today.

Till yesterday afternoon, Palanisami had maintained that he has the support of 124 MLAs but he received an unexpected jolt when Natrajan, an MLA from Mylapore, declared that he would vote against the chief minister’s vote of confidence. Natrajan called it ”a conscience vote,” not a confidence vote. It didn’t make things any easier that the OPS camp was pitching strongly for a secret ballot for trust vote and that TV channels had reported last evening that DMK and IUML are likely to vote against Palanisami during the floor test.

Last evening, O Panneerselvam reportedly made an emotional appeal to AIADMK MLAs to think wisely before they cast their votes. He said, “Till her last, Amma had worked to ensure that family rule does not enter Tamil Nadu politics. Please vote wisely and safeguard Amma’s interests.” It was clearly a jibe at Sasikala’s camp.

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