Tamil Nadu political turmoil: Amid torn shirt drama, Palaniswami wins floor test

O Panneerselvam accused the MLA's of betraying late Jayalalithaa and asserted that Amma's traitors have subverted the democracy.

After a day long ruckus and uproar in the Tamil Nadu state assembly, the newly elected Chief Minister of the state, E Palaniswami has won the floor test. With the support of his 124 MLAs, the Sasikala faction under the leadership of Palaniswami has defeated the faction led by of O Panneerselvam.

On the other hand, the other faction’s leader, O Panneerselvam, cried foul and refused to back down.  He accused the MLA’s of betraying late Jayalalithaa and asserted that Amma’s traitors have subverted the democracy. He also claimed that the trust vote is not legitimate and will meet Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, if needed.

“Once we go back to our constituencies, we will get to know the actual truth. The voters have been betrayed by the MLAs. Still, we have time to prove this as at the end, only dharma will win. If it is needed then we will also meet the Governor,” said O Panneerselvam.

There were 122 AAYEs and 11 Nos in the trust voting.

Earlier this day, hours after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham MLAs were evicted out of the Tamil Nadu state assembly as they created a ruckus and misbehaved with the speaker P Dhanapal and tearing his shirt, DMK acting chief MK Stalin came out of the assembly with his torn off now. As soon as he stepped out of the assembly, he was seen wiving his hands to the supporters while all the buttons of his white shirt were torn off.

While speaking to the press reporters present outside the assembly building, Stalin accused that the speaker blamed their party  MLAs while he himself torn his shirt.

Before the session was adjourned at 3 pm, The ongoing political turmoil in Tamil Nadu took another weird and ugly turn after a ruckus was evoked in the state assembly by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) MLAs after which they involved in a scuffle with the assembly speaker P Dhanapal. They unleashed violence in the house, misbehaved with the speaker and torn his clothes in the house. The DMK MLAs torn off the official papers in the house and broke the furniture.

Also, earlier today, the O Panneerselvam faction, Congress and DMK demanded a secret ballot for the floor test which would decide the majority but later it was rejected by the speaker. Pannerselvam also urged that people’s voice should be heard and then only the floor test should be done in the assembly. Soon the DMK MLAs started creating an uproar and raised slogans unanimously demanding a secret ballot. Meanwhile, DMK MLA Poongothai Aladi Aruna climbed on the bench while others tore papers and threw chairs in the assembly. Another DMK MLA Ku Ka Selvam sat on Speaker’s chair in protest.