Tamil Nadu assembly, specially convened to host the trust vote of Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s government turned into a violent battle field as the OPS camp along with DMK, Congress and IUML disrupted the assembly proceedings soon after it started at 11 am. Tamil Nadu Speaker P. Dhanapal exits the house and the assembly is adjourned till 1 pm….reports Asian Lite News
As the Edappadi K. Palaniswami government seeks the trust vote, after 30 years in Tamil Nadu assembly, in order to prove his majority in the state he read the statement where he says his government seeks the trust vote in the house. Soon after the statement O. Panneerselvam asked the Speaker to conduct the trust vote as secret ballot by considering the safety of assembly members. DMK President M.K. Stalin also joined the chorus and the house turned into a noisy atmosphere.
But the Speaker not allowed the secret ballot and went on to move with trust vote. But the OPS camp along with opposition stick with their plans and kept disrupting the session. As the Speaker decided to reject their request the opposition camp left with no other options resorted to create violence in the house. They broke the Speaker’s chair, table and threw away his mike sets.
Again seeking a secret ballot DMK members OPS camp gheraoed Speaker and raised slogans. DMK MLA, Poongothai Aladi Aruna , a doctor, behaved like a student by standing upon the bench. Helpless Speaker decided to exit and pronounced that the house adjourned till 1 pm.
Earlier Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s AIADMK faction suffered another blow when Arun Kumar, a legislator from Coimbatore North, jumped ship on Saturday, hours ahead of the vote of confidence.
Arun Kumar said: “I left the beach resort… I was not held back.”
He said party cadres and the people were not happy with the current leadership.
Queried on why he decided to boycott the trust vote instead of voting against it, Arun Kumar said he was interested in party unity.
He said his decision was against one family taking control of the party.
With this desertion, the AIADMK led by General Secretary V.K. Sasikala commands the support of 123 legislators, including the Speaker, while the breakaway group led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has 11 legislators.
The opposition includes the DMK with 89 members, Congress (eight) and Indian Union Muslim League (one), while one seat is vacant.
The DMK, Congress and IUMl have said they will vote against the Palaniswami government.
DMK President M. Karunanidhi is unwell. The opposition thus has 97 seats.
The Panneerselvam camp has the support of 11, taking the tally against Palaniswami to 108.
If there is some cross-voting of 8-10 legislators from Sasikala’s camp then it could be curtains for Palaniswami.
On Friday, Palaniswami’s support base suffered erosion by one legislator.
AIADMK legislator representing Mylapore constituency and former Director General of Police (DGP) R. Nataraj on Friday said he would vote against Palaniswami.
The assembly has a total strength of 234, with one seat vacant.