Shameful Scenes In Tamil Nadu Assembly

  • Stalin, OPS Create Ruckus

Chennai: The floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly has been floored by the MLAs belonging to the opposition DMK on Saturday morning with their unruly behaviour. They created mayhem and made it a black day for TN politics and Indian democracy.

E Palanisamy (EP) who was sworn in as chief minister by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao the other day had come forward to prove his majority on Saturday itself without waiting for 15 days granted to him.  He came to the Assembly along with his MLAs at 11 am and proposed a motion of confidence. But DMK leader Stalin and former Chief Minister Panneerselvam (OPS) demanded that the show of strength be postponed and a secret ballot is conducted. Speaker P Dhanpal rejected their demands and tried to proceed with voice vote. But the DMK members created ruckus by pushing the Speaker, tearing his shirt and intimidating him. The Speaker had to leave the House with the help of marshals. 

Earlier DMK members had broken chairs and threw books. Two of them, Selvam and Ranganathan sat in Speaker’s chair. The DMK members clashed with the marshals. The marshals tried to evict the rowdy MLAs from the House. They refused to leave the House in-spite of its being adjourned. Speaker had expelled the DMK MLAs.  Stalin sat on dharna.  Chief Minister EP had introduced a motion of confidence. There was disturbance once again. The House was adjourned for the second time to meet again at 3 pm. Stalin was forcibly sent out of the House.

Tamil Nadu Assembly has 234 members. J Jayalalithaa passed away and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi would not vote. The Speaker votes only when there is a tie. That means the effective strength is 231. If the Sasikala group has 116 MLAs EP would have his strength proved. The group’s claims to have 122 MLAs will be tested. OPS has 11 MLAs with him. If he can manage to attract 8 more MLAs and if all the DMK MLAs vote against the confidence motion to be moved by EP, then the government will falls. But two DMK MLAs were absent. CM E Palaniswamy visited secretariat before reaching the Assembly. His MLAs were brought to the Assembly in 30 cars from the resort Golden Gate where they were staying for eleven days.  OPS visited a temple before going to the Assembly.  DMK leader MK Stalin was the first to reach the Assembly.

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