Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has sought a report on the pandemonium witnessed in the Assembly when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won a trust vote on Saturday. Rao’s seeking of report comes against the background of Leader of Opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin, and dissident AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam’s demand that the trust vote be nullified.
The DMK has now moved Madras High Court challenging the trust vote, terming it “illegal”.
On Sunday, Rao ordered for a report on the entire proceedings from the time the House assembled at 11 am on February 18 and till it was adjourned sine die at 3.27 pm. He has also asked that report shall be complete with all documentary and videographic evidence.
Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen has been asked to submit the report.
There are also reports that Rao will be releasing a brochure on the key events in the state beginning with late Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation on September 22, 2016 till he invited Palaniswami to form the government.
According to the sources, Rao was constrained to take up the initiative in view of doubts being expressed about Jayalalithaa’s passing away in some quarters and claims over alleged delay in taking steps for forming a new government after Panneerselvam had resigned on February 5.
Earlier, opposition DMK and the dissident camp in the AIADMK led by O Pannerselvam had separate meetings with the Governor at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai demanding the trust vote be nullified.
Amid ruckus in the house, Palaniswami government had on saturday won the vote of confidence by a margin of 122-11. During the proceedings, all the members of opposition DMK were evicted after pandemonium on the floor of the assembly.
Demanding Palaniswami government’s trust vote be nullified, the DMK alleged that it was adopted by contravening the Assembly rules.
In a representation submitted to Rao, DMK working president M K Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition, urged him to “nullify the entire proceedings” to “protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution”. DMK Rajya Sabha members R S Bharathi, T K S Elangovan, and Tiruchi N Siva met Rao and submitted the representation.
Later, O Panneerselvam also met Rao and requested him not to recognise the confidence motion adopted in the Assembly.
Panneerselvam, along with some of his supporters including MLA S Semmalai, met the Governor for about 20 minutes.
(With inputs from the PTI)