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Tamil Nadu: New Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy wins trust vote

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Eleena Tovar | 20 Febrero, 2017, 09:59

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. The unruly and violent behaviour by opposition DMK legislators, who manhandled the Speaker during floor test, came as a shocking climax to the political drama that saw several twists and turns and allegations of inducements and betrayal. It is a huge setback for the former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as he managed to garner 11 votes and lost the battle against the aides of V. K. Sasikala.

Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, while appointing Edappadi K Palanisamy as the chief minister after he was propped by Sasikala, had given him 15 days time to prove his majority.

The Speaker had rejected the Opposition parties' demand of voting through secret ballot.

Stalin also highlighted the fact that the ruling party MLAs were kept hostage at a seaside resort in Koovathur, 70 km from Chennai, and alleged that "they were brought to the assembly under tight security and they appeared to be under constant threat".

Protesting the "anti-democratic" act of assaulting and forcibly removing the main opposition party members, the DMK working president announced a fast across the State on February 22 between 9 am and 5 pm. "MLAs should be allowed to meet the people in their constituency first before holding the trust vote", he said.

The DMK decision to move the court comes a day after DMK leader M.K. Stalin urged the Governor to nullify the assembly proceedings of Saturday when Palaniswami won the confidence vote amid bedlam. He was arrested from Marina where he was sitting in protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue. "Therefore, we request the Governor to restore democratic values and order postponement of the Assembly session for conducting secret voting on the Confidence Motion", the letter said. The recently sworn in Chief Minister has been asked by the Governor under the Constitution to take vote of confidence or a trust vote.

Earlier, DMK and Congress supported the demand of a secret ballot by O Panneerselvam fraction.

Just hours ahead of the voting, the Palaniswami camp received a jolt when Coimbatore North MLA Arun Kumar left saying he would abstain from voting.