Tamil Nadu governor steers clear of trust vote row

"Things would have been different if secret ballot was done", he said.

But when their plea was turned down, the DMK led a vociferous protest in the house and were caught on camera heckling the speaker, forcing the assembly to be adjourned multiple times.

Although the O Panneerselvam camp and the opposition DMK were instrumental in stalling proceedings, demanding a secret ballot, Speaker P Dhanapal held a voice vote and declared Palaniswami the victor after all the DMK MLAs were evicted from the House.

The Speaker, who belongs to the Sasikala camp, stood his ground and said that legislators could not interfere with his powers. Violence and chaos loomed large in the Tamil Nadu assembly during the special session called upon to conduct the trust vote for the newly-appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.

Stalin was responding to the Speaker's charge that he was perhaps targeted by the DMK during the ruckus in the trust vote for hailing from a particular community.

Edappadi Palaniswami who won the Trust Vote in the Tamil Nadu by hook or crook is now keen on winning the support of the people who are not happy with his elevation.

The main opposition party's MK Stalin has alleged that policemen disguised as marshals illegally entered the assembly to take away opposition lawmakers evicted by Speaker P Dhanapal.

Separately, Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao has sought a detailed report on the happenings in the state Assembly on the day of trust vote on Saturday.

They tore the assembly agenda papers and some flung the mikes and chairs.

"The Governor is of the view that he can not interfere in the proceedings of the Assembly and that the Speaker has all the powers to run the House and proceedings".

"Democracy will be fullfilled, only when the secret ballot voting is done". He had won a vote of confidence with 122 votes in his favour.

  • Leroy Wright