Palaniswami wins Tamil Nadu floor test amid ruckus; Stalin, other DMK MLAs evicted by speaker

The E Palaniswami government won the confidence motion amid ruckus in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday.

FP Staff February 19, 2017 11:21:16 IST
The E Palaniswami government won the confidence motion amid ruckus in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday. While Palaniswami won the backing of 122 legislators, O Panneerselvam camp could barely manage 11 MLAs to vote in its favour. PTI
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The E Palaniswami government won the confidence motion amid ruckus in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday. While Palaniswami won the backing of 122 legislators, O Panneerselvam camp could barely manage 11 MLAs to vote in its favour. PTI
Pandemonium reigned in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday with opposition parties demanding secret ballot to decide the fate of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami who proposed a confidence motion. PTI
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Pandemonium reigned in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday with opposition parties demanding secret ballot to decide the fate of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami who proposed a confidence motion. PTI
Stalin also questioned the need for urgency in seeking a confidence vote when Governor C Vidyasagar Rao gave 15 days time. PTI
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Stalin also questioned the need for urgency in seeking a confidence vote when Governor C Vidyasagar Rao gave 15 days time. PTI
As the lawmakers supporting Chief Minister Palaniswami remained silent, the DMK legislators surrounded Speaker P Dhanapal shouting slogans. They also tore the assembly agenda papers and threw some chairs around. PTI
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As the lawmakers supporting Chief Minister Palaniswami remained silent, the DMK legislators surrounded Speaker P Dhanapal shouting slogans. They also tore the assembly agenda papers and threw some chairs around. PTI
Stalin went on to sit on a hunger strike at the Marina beach, alleging that they were forcefully evicted from the Assembly. PTI
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Stalin went on to sit on a hunger strike at the Marina beach, alleging that they were forcefully evicted from the Assembly. PTI
P Dhanapal later reconvened the House and said, "Even though I was manhandled and shirt was torn, I reconvened house. The house will function only according to rules." PTI
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P Dhanapal later reconvened the House and said, "Even though I was manhandled and shirt was torn, I reconvened house. The house will function only according to rules." PTI
OPS termed the way the Vote of Confidence was conducted as "undemocratic". He said he will not rest until he reinstates a government that will follow the footsteps of Jayalalithaa. PTI
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OPS termed the way the Vote of Confidence was conducted as "undemocratic". He said he will not rest until he reinstates a government that will follow the footsteps of Jayalalithaa. PTI