EP Proves Majority In TN Assembly

Chennai: Chief Minister E Palaniswamy (EP) had won the trial of strength in Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday, two days after he was sworn-in. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao gave him 15 days to prove his majority. But EP took the test early fearing that the party MLAs might have second thoughts.

All the 87 DMK members, who created ruckus in the morning preventing the Speaker from discharging his duties, were thrown out of the House and 8 members belonging to the Congress had walked out. The 11 members led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) stayed back in the House and voted against the motion of confidence. As many as 122 members voted in favour of the motion.

OPS has reiterated that the MLAs were kept in captivity in a five-star Golden Gate resort near here. Some of the MLAs had complained that their freedom was curtailed. But they voted in favour of the motion all the same since a whip was issued making it mandatory for all the AIADMK MLAs to say yes. If they voted against the motion they would have lost their membership of the House.

OPS who visited J Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Marina beach said he is not going to give up and would not rest until he brought Amma’s rule. He said he would ultimately succeed in his endeavour although he might face temporary setbacks.

EP and his ministers and MLAs went to JJ memorial and paid their respects. MK Stalin, working president of the DMK, was taken into custody when he sat on fast at Marina beach. Famous film actor Kamal Hassan had ridiculed the MLAs for accepting the leadership of violators of law (referring to Dinakaran). Dinakaran’s name was removed from the proposed list of ministers at the suggestion of the Governor. Dinakaran, a nephew of Sasikala, was appointed as deputy general secretary of the AIADMK hours before she went to a jail in Bengaluru. He is next only to Sasikala in party hierarchy. He was accused in cases involving FERA violation. He was penalised for illegal practices.

Deepa Jaikumar, Jayalalithaa’s niece, is likely to announce her future course of action on the 24 th which happens to be Jayalalithaa’s Jayanti. Deepa is likely to contest from RK Puram constituency in Chennai city the vacancy for which was caused by the demise of JJ. Deepa and Panneerselvam are likely to join forces in challenging EP government.

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