AIADMK Crisis as it happened: DMK to vote against Palaniswamy in TN Assembly, says Stalin

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AIADMK Crisis as it happened: DMK to vote against Palaniswamy in TN Assembly, says Stalin
  • 12:03 (IST)

    'MLAs complained about being caged'

    Advocate K Balu said that AIADMK MLAs were kept at Golden Bay resort for 11 days and that many had filed a complaint about being caged.

  • 11:58 (IST)

    MK Stalin-led DMK's hunger strike protest over ruckus that took place in Tamil Nadu Assembly underway

  • 11:57 (IST)

    ​No Confidence Motion against P Dhanapal

    On Tuesday, MK Stalin had said that the DMK would move a no confidence motion against P Dhanapal. This response came after P Dhanapal claimed that he was specifically targetted by the DMK for hailing for a particular community.

    “When we see that the Speaker is deliberately harping on his community to maligns us, it is very regrettable. It is a matter of shame, according to us, for Tamil Nadu,” Stalin had said. 

    with inputs from PTI

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Massive security arrangements 

    Massive security arrangements have been put in place across Tamil Nadu to prevent untoward incidents during the protests.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    DMK cadre protests 

    The DMK cadre observed hunger strike in all district offices across Tamil Nadu protesting eviction of DMK MLAs from the state Assembly on Saturday, 18 February. 

    Working president of the party, MK Stalin, is participating in the strike from Trichy.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Panrutti Ramachandran reacts 

    Panrutti Ramachandran said that there is no secret ballot in the Parliament or Assembly, it is used only during elections. The reason it is not used in the Parliament and Assembly is to prevent defection.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Madras High Court adjourns case

    The DMK petition challenging Tamil Nadu chief minister's trust vote win, Madras High Court adjourns case till Monday asking petitioners to submit video of ruckus in Tamil Nadu Assembly.

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Updates from 22 February, 2017 begin here 

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Palaniswami's bid to woo the public? 

    Earlier in the day, Palaniswami 'did a J Jayalalithaa' by deciding to close down 500 more Tasmac liquor shops just like his leader had done when she returned to power in May 2016.Among his other decisions was to announce a housing scheme to build 5,000 independent homes for fisherfolk, implementation of an election promise to give working women a 50 percent subsidy to buy a vehicle and an in emolument for pregnant women from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000, which will benefit six lakh women. 

    Read the full analysis here

  • 16:30 (IST)

    AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran reaches Bengaluru Jail

    AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran has reached the Bengaluru Central Jail and will be meeting VK Sasikala, who has been jailed in the disproportionate assets case for four years, reports NDTV.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Actress-turned politician Vijayashanthi comes in support of E Palaniswami

  • 16:52 (IST)

    Actress-turned politician Vijayshanti comes out in support of E Palaniswami

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu reacts to developments in Tamil Nadu

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Stalin says he will meet President Pranab Mukherjee to highlight the ongoing crisis

  • 12:52 (IST)

    DMK submits memorandum to governor

    DMK leaders met with the governor on Sunday and submitted a memorandum on Saturday's floor test. Speaking to media, DMK Rajya Sabha MP T Siva said, "We've submitted a memorandum on the issue to TN Governor; He has promised to look into the matter. Sans participation of Opposition in Assembly, the trust vote moved by CM was passed; It's illegal."

  • 12:44 (IST)

    O Panneerselvam reaches Raj Bhavan

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Edappadi Palaniswami meets Governor Rao

    Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami met Governor Vidyasagar Rao. According to media reports, AIADMK Deputy General Secreatry TTV Dinakaran too accompanied Palaniswami. 

  • 12:31 (IST)

    DMK to hold state-wide protests on 22 February

  • 12:25 (IST)

    FIR filed against MK Stalin, other DMK leaders following Tamil Nadu Assembly ruckus

    An FIR has been filed against DMK working president MK Stalin, 63  party MLAs, 3 MPs and cadres for holding a protest at Marina beach against the alleged attack on him and his MLAs during the trust vote in the Assembly.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 20:31 (IST)

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Stalin, other DMK MLAs released from Mylapore Police Station

    DMK legislators, including its leader MK Stalin have been released after a brief detention, according to India Today TV. He has written to the governor urging his intervention after E Palaniswami won, what he called an 'undemocratically executed' trust vote. 

  • 19:03 (IST)

    In the Sasikala vs OPS battle, Stalin could be the clear winner

    "Then there was the sight of Stalin, the leader of the Opposition, walking out of the Assembly with his shirt buttons open, claiming it was torn by political rivals. It was the DMK leader's political 56-inch chest moment, signifying his party was ready for the political battle... The DMK calculated that even if it indulged in what would be deemed to be unparliamentary behaviour, the public mood is so anti-Sasikala that it would forgive Saturday's misdemeanour. Stalin would hope to build on this to start a public movement against the Palaniswami's freshly minted government."

    Read full analysis here

  • 18:54 (IST)

    MK Stalin released after brief detention, says action against DMK MLAs unlawful

  • 18:47 (IST)

    E Palaniswami wins trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly, but democracy takes a beating

    "Democracy formally retired hurt in the land of Kolaveri on Saturday. The entire Opposition of the DMK, Congress and the IUML was evicted to allow Edappadi K Palaniswami to seek a trust vote, which he won 122-11. In the process, farce earned a synonym."

    Read full analysis here 

  • 18:41 (IST)

    Edappadi Palaniswami’s in-laws linked with infamous Jayachandra money laundering case?

    The newly appointed Tamil Nadu CM may be basking in the glory of his recent victory in the trust vote. But E Palaniswami will have to face some tough questions over not just his links with river sand mining baron Shekhar Reddy but also those of his in-laws with another Bengaluru-based racketeer

    Read the full analysis here

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Images of MK Stalin, DMK legislators getting arrested

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Earlier visuals of DMK legislators protesting at Marina beach

  • 17:52 (IST)

    Actor Gautami rallies behind Panneerselvam

    Popular Tamil actress Gautami threw weight behind O Panneerselvam as she condemned the E Palaniswami camp. The actor said that the people's will and democracy cannot be manipulated with a number game and tweeted her stand with the #OPSforCM.

  • 17:48 (IST)

    Protesters burn Sasikala effigy at Marina Beach

    After DMK MLAs and its leader MK Stalin were detained, the party's supporters continued their protest at the Marina beach amid heavy police deployment. According to CNN-News 18, the protesters are raising anti-AIADMK slogans and burnt Sasikala's effigy. 

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Our war will continue: O Panneerselvam

    O Panneerselvam refuses to get bogged down by the rival camp's victory in the trust vote. According to India Today TV, 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. 

  • 17:32 (IST)

    This is not what people voted for: Actor Arvind Swami

    Actor Arvind Swami took to twitter to react to the outcome of the trust vote that reinstated E Palaniswami's claim to the Tamil Nadu throne. The actor said that this is not the people's mandate and reelection is the only solution left. 

  • 17:29 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan urges people to not stay silent

    The veteran actor took to twitter after Sasikala camp won the trust vote and urged the people of Tamil Nadu to make their voices heard. He asked the people to "welcome their MLAs with the respect they deserve." But beyond the sarcastic quip, he asked the people to write to the governor and not be afraid on voicing out their opinion on the trust vote. He also advised people to keep the language of their e-mails clean and decent.

  • 17:19 (IST)

    With the Opposition thrown out, only 11 nay sayers in Tamil Nadu trust vote

    All the 122 AIADMK MLAs who participated in the voting sided with Palaniswami. And with the DMK MLA's marshalled out of the Assembly ahead of the vote, a meager 11 supporters of O Panneerselvam were the only nay sayers as EPS sailed through the trust vote. 

  • 17:15 (IST)

    EPS hits out at OPS, says rival faction worked against Amma

    A booming E Palaniswami after securing a win in the trust vote, hit out at the Panneerselvam camp. He said that the rival camp was working against Amma's wishes, while terming his victory a win for "real Amma backers"

  • 17:07 (IST)

    MK Stalin and DMK MLAs detained at Marina beach during protests 

    Chennai Police detained MK Stalin and several other DMK MLAs for carrying out a protest at the Marina beach against the speaker's decision to evict the party's MLA ahead of the trust vote.  

    Stalin was sitting on a hunger strike at the Marina beach, alleging that they were forcefully evicted from the Assembly. 

  • 17:03 (IST)

    After winning trust vote, EPS breaks down at Jaya memorial

    In the chaos enfolding the Tamil Nadu politics, Jayalalithaa's memorial has emerged as the nerve centre of the state's realpolitik. It seems to have become the  go-to spot for all the AIADMK politicians claiming to be the 'true' Amma loyalist. 

    The newly sworn-in Chief Minister E Palaniswami kept up the tradition adopted of late, and visited the Jaya memorial, where he reportedly broke down after finally securing a win. 

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Kamal Haasan reacts to the trust vote drama with a quip 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    CM E Palaniswamy, AIADMK Ministers and MLAs pay tribute at Jayalalithaa Memorial at Marina Beach

  • 16:21 (IST)

    MK Stalin will hold a protest at Chennai's Marina Beach

    DMK working president MK Stalin will hold a protest at Chennai's Marina Beach. 

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Stalin meets Governor of Tamil Nadu

    DMK working president MK Stalin met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after the floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly, which led to E Palaniswami's win. 

  • 16:16 (IST)

    DMK MP Tiruchi Siva reacts

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Chaos in Tamil Nadu Assembly touches new low but that fails to surprise us

    The bitterness and the animosity amid legislators have so often set new benchmarks of absurdity that they no longer stir the same outrage in amid the people.

    From shoe hurling, to verbal abuse, to even attacking the modesty of a woman parliamentarian, we have seen it all, in the world's largest democracy that takes pride in following a federal structure.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    TKS Elangovan questions the vote 

    After the Speaker announced an adjournment, how did a vote take place? "All MLAs were scared to cast votes in favour of trust vote," he said. 

  • 16:02 (IST)

    E Palaniswami at Jaya Memorial 

    E Palaniswami who just won the floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly broke down at Jaya memorial. With 122 ayes and 11 nos, Palaniswami won. 

  • 15:58 (IST)

    So much fuss for 122 votes less than 1 year after Jaya's stunning Assembly election win

    So, it turns out Sasikala’s team booked her MLAs into Golden Bay Resorts, kept bouncers outside and got them to vote for Palaniswami at the trust vote today — all this less than a year from the time Jayalalithaa led this same party to a stunning win in the Assembly elections after unprecedented floods, battling personal ill health and multiple medical complications.

    That stark difference rankles, it will continue to dog the Palaniswami government for whatever time it manages to hold on. The power brokers who ruled from behind the scenes are now official, TTV Dinakaran’s sphere of influence will spread and all clamour for a probe into Jayalalithaa’s death will be snuffed out immediately.

    Upside is that the OPS faction will go back to the people which is where any political party derives legitimate power from. Tamil Nadu's voters can't wait for the next election. 

  • 15:50 (IST)

    O Panneerselvam reacts 

    "Once we go back to our constituencies will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed by MLAs."

    "We have time to prove this, at the end only dharma will win. If need be will meet the Governor"

    "We've time to prove this but at the last 'dharma' only will win." 

    "We had kept two demands before speaker, one was to send MLAs to their constituencies, but Speaker didn't agree to them"

    "DMK MLAs for 3 hours kept on repeating their request to save democracy, now in absence of all of us, vote was passed; we doubt validity."

    "Family thrown out from party by Amma again comes into picture wth VKSasikala's intervention; it won't last, Amma's rule will b established."

  • 15:35 (IST)

    It was over right from the time the Speaker ruled on the secret ballot 

    It was all over the minute the speaker ruled on the secret ballot. No AIADMK MLA could vote for OPS without risking disqualification under the anti-defection law.

    Today's actions by the DMK were more about making an electoral pitch than anything else. Stable government for Tamil Nadu till the elections at least.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Stalin's torn shirt: Visual of the day for the Opposition

    From what we've seen from 11 am to 3 pm today, at Koovathur for the last 12 days, at Raj Bhavan since last Thursday, what (all) can we infer, since we are unlikely to get official word on intentions behind outcomes? After the DA court case verdict against Sasikala, we figured where OPS' new found confidence may have come from for his rebellion at Jayalalithaa's memorial.

    The same way, although the Governor lost no time in inviting Palanisamy to prove his majority, did he do that knowing that these chaotic scenes playing out in the Assembly are better ingredients for any further decisions that need to come from Raj Bhavan rather than either waiting it out or imposing President's rule without letting the instability become obvious?

    For the DMK, the anger is on several fronts. Sasikala has targeted them for the split within the AIADMK, accused Stalin of colluding with OPS, vowed to hurt the DMK even more, and finally the Speaker who is a Sasikala loyalist neither allowing live telecast of the proceedings not allowing a secret ballot.

    Among the most played images of today will surely be Stalin showing his torn shirt, symptomatic of what the AIADMK stands for under Sasikala's remote control. With chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan meeting the Governor and updating him on all that happened  ( she was inside the Assembly), DMK and OPS have both gotten more out of the trust vote than most expected.

    They've shown what Tamil Nadu will be like until new elections are announced — and to that extent their ends justify the means. 

  • 15:26 (IST)

    122 MLAs vote for E Palaniswami winning no confidence motion

    The chief minister won the motion, but the voting was conducted without the DMK which was seeking secret ballot in the first place. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Trust vote on without the Opposition present 

    The Tamil Nadu Assembly session is on with the trust vote. 

Amidst the growing suspense over the pending Supreme Court verdict on VK Sasikala's involvement in the disproportionate assets case and Attorney General's advice for a floor test, here are the key highlights on how the Tamil Nadu political crisis took shape on the seventh day.

1) SC verdict to decide Sasikala's political course on Tuesday

After much wait, a bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy is likely to pronounce the judgement at 10.30 am on Tuesday on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government against the high court verdict acquitting prime accused Jayalalithaa and her close aide (and now AIADMK general secretary and legislature party head) Sasikala in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Prosecution lawyer tells NDTV that verdict would be given on Sasikala one way or the other.

2) Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi advises floor test

After the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi's opinion was consulted on Saturday, the A-G advised Governor Vidyasagar Rao to conduct a floor test within a week. If Rao heeds his advice, this will be the first time that the two chief ministerial candidates will face a direct face-off and the numbers will determine the ultimate results.

Sources said that the opinion was sought by Rao from the Attorney General who has cited the 1998 Supreme Court judgement in the Jagdambika Pal case in which the apex court had ordered a floor test in the Assembly to determine who among the two claimants — Jagdambika Pal and Kalyan Singh — had the majority for chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh.

The opinion, the sources said, has stated that "he (Governor) should call a special session within a week's time and have a composite floor test as was ordered by the Supreme Court in the Jagdambika Pal case". The opinion on floor test was given as the two claimants are from the same party and they will be pitted against each other to determine who commands majority support in the Assembly, the sources said.

Sasikala. PTI

Sasikala. PTI

3) Sasikala visits 'detained' MLAs, will stay with them
Ahead of the verdict, Sasikala visited the five-star Golden Bay resort where many of the MLAs who are supporting her have been touted to be detained forcibly. She conducted a press meet where she broke down repeatedly while saying she was asked by people to carry on Amma's legacy. She also said that she would move out of Poes Garden soon to stay with her supporters at the resort.

The resort has been blocked to the public and the media but according to NDTV, Sasikala has denied holding lawmakers hostage in an extreme measure to check defection. According to The Times of India, the MLAs had complete freedom to move about the resort.

Earlier, MLA Mohan Guruswamy had posted a video where he is seen enjoying at the resort. In a tearful address to the 129 MLAs at the resort, Sasikala urged the legislators to help capture the secretariat for the party. She also revealed the final words that Jayalalithaa spoke to her were, "No one can destroy our party," before adding that she would sacrifice her life for the party.

4) Sasikala reveals Amma's last words

Sasikala on Monday said she had come to know of a conspiracy being hatched to divide the party after the death of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu in December. Defying all inhibitions, a composed Sasikala told The Indian Express that she and Jayalalithaa together had seen 1,000 such ‘Panneerselvams’ so she is not scared.”

Speaking in front of a few supporters at the Poes Garden, and later at the Golden Bay resort, Sasikala was seen evoking memories of Amma's political journey in order help to garner people's sympathy towards her as the suffering loyalist.

"With the party having a cadre strength of 1.5 crore no 'komban' (person with great skills) can break the AIADMK," she told the cheering crowd.

"The party cadres are with me," she said, adding, "As long as the cadres are with me and with Amma's blessings, an AIADMK government will be in place.

5) Swamy says Governor under 'compulsion to cause delay'

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that Governor Rao should invite Sasikala to form the next government. Swamy also clarified that considering Sasikala has the majority, constitutionally she can form the government under the Constitution's Article 191.

According to India Today, Swamy was "certain" that a few Union Ministers were interfering with the political affairs of the state of Tamil Nadu while the AIADMK is busy infighting. Following his allegation, Swamy filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking appointment of Sasikala as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

He says that even Soli Sorabjee has agreed that the governor cannot delay Sasikala's swearing-in indefinitely. Swamy also said that a constitutional breakdown in Tamil Nadu has happened because of the governor's delay in swearing in Sasikala.

However, while speaking with India Today, Sorabjee stated that "the Governor is well within his rights to defer the swearing-in for a few days particularly when the (verdict in the) disproportionate assets case, involving Sasikala, is imminent". However, Sorabjee warned against any indefinite delay as it may promote horse trading.

On the other hand, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that considering this political crisis is an internal matter of the state, the Centre cannot do much about it.

6) Different camps vouch support for their leaders

AIADMK MP R Parthiban representing Theni district called on Panneerselvam at his residence in Chennai on Sunday evening and offered his support, taking the total number of Parliamentarians in his favour to 11. Meanwhile, a Panneerselvam supporter MP V Maithreyan also met the governor on the same day.

However, according to The Economic Times, party spokesperson Vaigai Chelvan said O Panneerselvam had the support of seven MLAs and therefore cannot prove his majority in the state Assembly in the event of a floor test.

"He says he can prove his majority based on the wrong information given by someone. The majority of the AIADMK MLAs are with Chinnamma (Sasikala) and we are ready to prove our strength (in a floor test)," he told reporters. To a question on 11 MPs switching over to the camp of Panneerselvam, Vaigai Chelvan expressed confidence that they would return to the Sasikala fold.

Two ministers, including Madurai MP R Gopalakrishnan and MLA Saravanan joined Panneerselvam's camp on Monday night. Meanwhile, there was a security breach at Kanimozhi's house where masked men who entered the house for robbery. The man, who entered the house just after Kanimozhi left for a DMK party meeting with M K Stalin, was arrested.

To read all updates on the current political crisis in Tamil Nadu till 13 February, click here.

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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2017 12:03:05 IST

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