Ruckus in TN Assembly; Speaker escorted out of the House

RSTV Bureau
Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami  with Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao after taking the oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Feb 16, 2017. Photo - PTI

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao after taking the oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Feb 16, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed ruckus created by members of the Opposition ahead of the scheduled floor test by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. The House has been adjourned until 1 pm because of the protests within the Assembly.

Speaker P Dhanapal was escorted out of the House by marshals after he was surrounded by protesting DMK MLAs. Reports say an official was injured and had to be taken to a hospital.

The proceedings of the vote of confidence by Palaniswami government were stalled because of the ruckus created within the Assembly.

Reports suggest DMK MLA Ku Ka Selvam sat on Speaker’s chair during the protest.

Palaniswami and his ministers were sworn-in on Thursday evening by Governor Vidyasagar Rao.

The Governor had asked Palaniswami to form his ministry at the earliest and seek a vote of confidence in the assembly within 15 days. But the ruling camp decided not to delay the forming government, given volatility within the AIADMK.

Prior to his swearing-in, the ruling party went through a bitter battle between the jailed chief Sasikala and former CM Panneerselvam.

On his part, Palaniswami submitted to the governor a list of 124 MLAs supporting him. Tamil Nadu has a 234-member legislative assembly.

The battle of wits and waits between the two factions of AIADMK had played out in open stretching 10 days between the factions led by VK Sasikala Natrajan and O Panneerselvam.

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and his cabinet colleagues pose for a group photograph after swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai, Feb 16, 2017. Photo - PTI

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and his cabinet colleagues pose for a group photograph after swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai, Feb 16, 2017.
Photo – PTI

While Sasikala was chosen to lead the party after the demise of AIADMK’s undoubted numero uno J Jayalalithaa last year December 5, Pannerselvam, her oft-repeated pick for a stand-in, was sworn in as the Chief Minister.

But exactly two months later on February 5, Sasikala was elevated by her party as the legislature party leader, the one who’ll lead them in the assembly. That was followed by the resignation of O Panneerselvam.

Stage looked set for Sasikala’s coronation but twists followed soon giving way to a bitter fight see-sawing the power play and intrigue.

Sasikala’s political career received a big jolt and came to a near standstill after the Supreme Court convicted her in 21-year-old DA case on Tuesday. The same evening, loyalist 63-year-old Edapaddi K Palaniswami, was chosen as the party leader in legislative assembly and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran as party’s number 2.

She surrendered before the designated court in Bengaluru a day later on Wednesday, while Palaniswami was swiftly in the saddle to take forward the chariot.

(With inputs from agencies)