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DMK to move no confidence motion against Speaker; Stalin says Palaniswamy would not have become CM if there was secret ballot

Earlier in the day, DMK had moved the Madras High Court seeking to declare Saturday's vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly null and void.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2017 2:43:03 pm
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Amid the ongoing political drama in Tamil Nadu, DMK working president MK Stalin on Monday claimed that Edappadi Palaniswamy would not have become the Chief Minister had the voting took place via a secret ballot in the assembly. “Edappadi Palaniswamy would not have become CM, if there was a secret ballot in Tamil Nadu assembly,” news agency ANI quoted Stalin as saying.

Raising his doubts over the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the leader of the opposition said, “There was no official announcement of Jayalalithaa’s death, for Annadurai and MGR there were statements but not her; its confusing.”

WATCH VIDEO | Palaniswami Would Not Have Become CM If There Was Secret Ballot, Says MK Stalin

He also said that the party would soon move a no-confidence motion against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal and accused him of “deliberately harping on his community to malign” the party. “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 said. “Therefore we will move a no confidence motion (against Dhanapal). Signatures of 34 of our MLAs is enough for that and the (Assembly) rules mandate that it (motion) should be taken up within 15 days. On that basis, we will be soon giving it,” he added.

Earlier in the day, DMK had moved the Madras High Court seeking to declare Saturday’s vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly null and void.

Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member assembly after DMK legislators were evicted amid stormy scenes in which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn. Opposition MLAs demand of holding a secret vote was rejected by Speaker Dhanapal as the voting took place only after two adjournments.

WATCH VIDEO | DMK Moves Madras High Court Challenging Trust Vote Won By Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

Palaniswami was sworn in as the CM on Thursday after AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala, who was engaged in a power tussle with former CM O Panneerselvam for the position, was convicted by the Supreme Court in disproportionate assets case and sentenced to four years in prison.

With inputs from agencies

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