Tamil Nadu floor test: Upset O Panneerselvam vows to bounce back

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Chennai | Updated: Feb 18, 2017 4:25 PM

Reacting to his successor Edappadi Palaniswamy's winning trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today, O Pannerselvam today said that the voters of the state have been betrayed by AIADMK MLAs.

The family which was thrown out by J Jayalalithaa has come back to the picture, he says (ANI)The family which was thrown out by J Jayalalithaa has come back to the picture, he says (ANI)

Reacting to his successor Edappadi Palaniswamy’s winning trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today, O Pannerselvam today said that the voters of the state have been betrayed by AIADMK MLAs. Speaking about the floor test which was held in close doors, he complaint that the speaker did not listen to any of the two demands of his camp. Expressing confidence that dharma will finally win, the former chief minister also said that if needed his camp will meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao.

He also said that the family which was thrown out by J Jayalalithaa has come back to the picture with VK Sasikala’s help but it will not last long. Seconding his view, his confidante Pandiarajan also claimed that there were constant threats and abusive languages were used during the floor test.

Earlier in the day, 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 Tamil Nadu 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.

Right from the start, it was not 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 noon, 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.

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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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