Amid Storm in Tamil Nadu Assembly, E Palanisamy Clears Trust Vote


Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has won the trust vote, after 122 MLAs voted in his favour after hours of uproar in the Assembly. This was the aftermath of the speaker refusing a secret ballot and then ordering a voice vote for the motion.

Palaniswami won a resounding majority with 122 AIADMK MLAs supporting him during the vote of confidence after those of the DMK were evicted and its allies staged a noisy walkout. A few opposition MLAs were seen pushing the Speaker, prompting the watch and ward staff to immediately throw a security cordon around him and escort him to safety.

After AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa's death in December a year ago, the tussle for power between two party factions, led by party general secretary Sasikala and former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, has only gone from bad to worse.

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With Stalin then meeting the Governor and launching a protest at Marina Beach, it was time for Dhanapal to hit back.

The vote was taken after two adjournments due to pandemonium and charges of attacks by DMK members.

But she managed to install Mr Palaniswami, a loyalist, as the new chief minister, and put family members in important party positions.

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Unprecedented scenes as DMK demands a secret ballot to decide the fate of chief minister. There will be enough opportunities for Stalin to corner the government even in the assembly. According to ex-TNC president Evks Eangovan the current cong committee prez of Tamil Nadu is among the 4 Cong MLAS who may support edapaddi.

Thirunavukkarasar said the "unanimous" decision was taken after he chaired a meeting of party legislators, led by legislature party leader K.R. Ramasamy and senior functionaries at the party headquarters Satyamurthi Bhavan. As the Speaker rejected both the demands, the DMK legislators launched a protest.

Stalin alleged he was forcibly evicted by the marshals and suffered injuries and his shirt was damaged. Also, there was no precedent in the Tamil Nadu Assembly for a secret vote.

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As we were tracking the updates on the trust vote for E Palaniswami's government in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, dramatic headlines flashed on the television screens, on how the southern Indian state's Assembly has "shamed" the people's mandate.