DMK launches statewide protests against eviction from Tamil Nadu Assembly, HC adjourns hearing of plea

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DMK launches statewide protests against eviction from Tamil Nadu Assembly, HC adjourns hearing of plea
  • 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. 

The DMK has moved the Madras High Court challenging the floor test that took place in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday. AIADMK leader E Palaniswami had won the trust vote after proving he had the support of 122 MLAs, but the proceedings were marred by violence.

MK Stalin with DMK MLAs. PTI

MK Stalin with DMK MLAs outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly. PTI

According to a report in The Times of India, former DMK Rajya Sabha member R Shanmugasundaram mentioned the matter before the first bench on Monday and sought an urgent hearing. The bench of acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevan asked him to file a petition. The report said it could be heard on Tuesday.

This comes a day after the DMK called for a state-wide hunger strike on 22 February, to protest the fracas that took place inside the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday while a floor test was taking place to determine the confidence enjoyed by chief minister E Palaniswami. DMK working president MK Stalin called the floor test a "murder of democracy", and appealed to governor C Vidyasagar Rao to nullify the vote of confidence won by Palaniswami.

According to a separate report in The Times of India, violent protests were being held throughout Monday in various parts of Tamil Nadu. A DMK worker from Pudukottai, Thangam, attempted to immolate himself, while a group of cadres in Tiruvarur staged a daylong hunger strike, the report said. In Trichy, police arrested 19 persons for burning an effigy of speaker P Dhanapal, while in Pudokottai, a DMK worker attempted self-immolation but was rescued by party cadres. Meanwhile in Karur, 26 persons, including the district secretary, were arrested for forcing traders to down their shutters during a protest march.

Palaniswami had won the trust vote by a 122-11 margin on Saturday, after the eviction of DMK members and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn and hurled around. Immediately after the eviction of DMK, Stalin had met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to postpone the trust vote.

Recalling his demand for secret voting on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Speaker P Dhanapal's rejection of it, he said, "Finding no other way to register our protest, we resorted to peaceful dharna inside the House. However, the Speaker ordered expulsion of all the members of the DMK without following the procedure."

"The Assembly guards forcibly evicted us and many of us sustained injuries. Other opposition parties staged a walkout strongly protesting the action of speaker," he said.

The DMK leader claimed that the speaker "ignored the rule that if the House is adjourned after moving a motion, it lapses". He said it was "a mockery of democracy and a severe blow to the Constitution".

He cited a 1988 precedence, "when voting on a Confidence Motion was held by the Speaker with only two factions of the ruling party present in the House. (It was) later declared as invalid and void by the then governor".

He also appealed to the Governor to weigh the proceedings in the state Assembly, focusing on the Speaker's declaration that the Confidence Motion moved by Palanisami was adopted in absence of members of all the opposition parties. It urged him to invoke his Constitutional powers to nullify the proceedings to protect the spirit of democracy and Constitution.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2017 12:28:35 IST

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