Madras HC to hear DMK plea against Palaniswami’s trust vote

RSTV Bureau
DMK Working President MK Stalin addressing a press conference at the party office  Photo-PTI

DMK Working President MK Stalin addressing a press conference at the party office
Photo-PTI

The Madras High Court will hear the Opposition DMK’s petition opposing the trust vote that took place in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday amid chaos. Edapaddi K Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member assembly. The main opposition in the state wants the vote to be declared null and void.

The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadeven will be hearing the petition today.

Earlier on Saturday, the trust vote took place after the eviction of DMK members and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn. The vote, originally slated for 11:00 AM, took place after 3:00 PM due to two adjournments.

One of the contentions that led to the stormy scenes in the assembly was Opposition’s demands for the secret vote, which was rejected by Speaker P Dhanapal.

In a related development, the Tamil Nadu assembly secretary has submitted a detailed report on the incidents that took place in the House during the trust vote to the Governor. The DMK and the AIADMK rebel Pannerselvam had petitioned the governor seeking his intervention.

FILE: Ruckus at Tamil Nadu Assembly ahead of floor test by chief minister E Palaniswami. Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI_news

FILE: Ruckus at Tamil Nadu Assembly ahead of floor test by chief minister E Palaniswami, Feb 18, 2017. Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI_news

Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen had on Monday submitted a report to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after he sought a “factual report” on the entire proceedings complete with all documentary and videographic evidence.

Besides moving to the High Court, the DMK is also likely to move a no-confidence motion against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, accusing him of “deliberately harping on his community to malign” the party.

“When we see that the Speaker is deliberately harping on his community to maligns us, it is very regrettable. It is a matter of shame according to us, for Tamil Nadu,” DMK working president and leader of opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin said.

“Therefore we will move a no confidence motion (against Dhanapal). Signatures of 34 of our MLAs is enough for that and the (Assembly) rules mandate that it (motion) should be taken up within 15 days. On that basis, we will be soon giving it,” he added.

Assembly Speaker Dhanapal too had charged the DMK members of attacking him during the ruckus in the house.

Stalin, meanwhile, denied any wrongdoing by his party MLAs as alleged by Dhanapal and said while he had expressed regret with the Speaker in person at his chamber, he was even ready to apologise if there was any mistake on the part of his colleagues.

(With inputs from the PTI)