MK Stalin to meet President; To take up trust vote issue

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on the first day of Budget session in New Delhi, Jan 31, 2017. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on the first day of Budget session in New Delhi, Jan 31, 2017.
Photo – PTI

DMK working President MK Stalin is slated to meet President Pranab Mukherjee today to submit a memorandum seeking a judicial inquiry into the pandemonium in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami’s trust vote on Saturday last week.

Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member assembly. DMK, the main opposition party, has already moved Madras High Court demanding the vote be declared null and void.

The DMK has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Assembly Speaker, with MK Stalin accusing him of being biased.

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.

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

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, Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao had directed Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen to submit a detailed report, complete with all documentary and videographic evidence, on the incidents that took place in the House during the trust vote.

The DMK and the AIADMK rebel Pannerselvam had petitioned the governor seeking his intervention soon after the trust vote last week.

The factual report, submitted by the Assembly Secretary has been forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee by the Tamil Nadu governor.

On way to the national capital, DMK working president MK Stalin is accompanied by senior leaders including Durai Murugan.