Tamil Nadu Governor to release booklet on Jayalalithaa illness aftermath

Stepping up pressure, the DMK on Sunday demanded the nullification of the proceedings of Saturday's special session of the Tamil Nadu assembly, during which chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami breezed through the trust vote after the opposition was evicted. This is managed after suspending DMK MLAs from the house and evicting them forcibly from the house. Earlier the assembly was adjourned till 1 pm following protest by DMK MLAs, O.Panneerselvam camp MLAs and Congress MLAs demanding secret ballot. After his meeting with the Governor, he along with his party members held a protest at the Marina Beach.

However, the opposition party, DMK was not present during the trust vote.

It's D-day for Tamil Nadu as the most crucial and "controversial" floor test for Chief Minister designate E Palaniswamy is slated for today. O Panneerselvam, who was immediately sworn-in as state CM after her demise, could not garner the much-needed support to win the floor test in the state Assembly.

He also denied any wrongdoing by his party MLAs as alleged by Dhanapal and said while he had expressed regret with the Speaker in person at his chamber, he was even ready to apologise if there was any mistake on the part of his colleagues.

He also alleged that the party legislators were assaulted by the marshals.

Palaniswami had a brief discussion with Rao, it said. The report said it could be heard on Tuesday. After winning the vote of confidence, Palaniswami led his cabinet and MLAs to the Jayalalithaa memorial to pay homage and announced that the entire Tamil Nadu has backed his government.

They tore the assembly agenda papers and some flung the mikes and chairs. They urged him to order a fresh trust vote with secret ballot.

"The DMK is an anti-national, anti-social, anti-women party".

"When the confidence motion was moved, I rose and demanded to conduct secret voting to enable the MLAs to cast their vote in a fair and free manner following their conscience".

Including 11 AIADMK rebels and the 98-member opposition comprising the DMK, Congress and IUML, 108 members have already vowed to vote against the government.

The political bomb started ticking in Tamil Nadu when the then chief minister O Panneerselvam stepped down from his post, which was initially viewed by the commentariat as him paving the way for AIADMK chief Sasikala.

  • Leroy Wright