New Delhi, February 18: Today Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy won vote of trust amidst chaos and proved his majority in Assembly. Despite of ruckus in Tamil Nadu Assembly Sasikala’s loyalist Edappadi Palaniswamy won trust vote with an astounding support of 122 MLAs.
After the Governor announced Edappadi Palaniswamy to take over the post of Chief Minister, he has been given 15 days to prove his majority and today he won the floor test with the strength of 122 MLAs. Opposition Party DMK leader MK Stalin and the other opposition leaders raised voice to back O Panneerselvam in Assembly. The trust vote session stirred to turmoil in assembly after DMK MLAs demanded for a secret ballot. The opposition party MLA climbed on the desks and raised slogans for secret ballot. Ruckus in assembly led to its adjournment and Along with 89 legislators DMK leader MK Stalin was also evicted from assembly. Opposition DMK Leader O Panneerselvam got 11 votes.
Palaniswamy won the trust vote in the assembly where the DMK leaders were evicted from the assembly while the Cogress leaders walked off the assembly. The House that assembled at 11am witnessed two adjournments after Speaker P Dhanapal said he would hold division vote. The opposition parties and the rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam's side insisted on holding secret ballot. Chairs were flung, assembly notes torn, tables turned over and Dhanapal's microphone was broken as the DMK went on a rampage during the on-going assembly. “They tore my shirt and insulted me,” Dhanpal said as the DMK legislators got aggressive.
Opposition leader M K Stalin said he and deputy leader Duraimurugan were forced to walk to the Fort St George complex from the War Memorial, as their cars were stopped by police in the morning. Stalin said that this was a breach of privilege issue and the Speaker should act on it as he is the custodian of all House members. DMK members and Panneerselvam’s rebels wanted to hold the secret ballot to prove majority but the Speaker denied their demands.
Opposition Leader MK Stalin was speaking to media said that the house marshals hit us and forcibly evicted us from Tamil Nadu assembly. We are now going to meet the governor to tell him what has happened at the House today. Now the Opposition DMK leader Stalin along with other legislators is in the meet with Governor Vidyasagar Rao.
Earlier Edappadi Palaniswamy was made Chief Minister on Thursday after Sasikala was convicted under disproportionate case. He was made the Chief Minister as he proved his majority by convincing the governor about the number of MLA’s support him.