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Madras HC to hear DMK's plea challenging trust vote today

The Madras High Court will today hear opposition DMK's plea seeking to declare null and void, Saturday's vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Chief Minister EK Palaniswami.

India TV Politics Desk, Chennai [Updated:21 Feb 2017, 10:11 AM IST]
File pic of MK Stalin
File pic of MK Stalin

The Madras High Court will today hear opposition DMK's plea seeking to declare null and void, Saturday's vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Chief Minister EK Palaniswami. 

The opposition had moved the court yesterday and the bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi Ramesh and Justice R Mahadeven, posted the matter for hearing today.

Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member Assembly, aided by the eviction of DMK and walkout by its allies. 

Meanwhile, DMK has said that it will soon move a no-confidence motion against the Assembly Speaker. In a press conference, party's working president and leader of opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin accused the Speaker 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. 

DMK has 89 MLAs in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly. 

On Saturday, amidst chaotic scenes involving DMK which eventually led to eviction of its members enmasse, the Palaniswami government won the trust vote by the huge margin. The 11 votes were cast by rebel AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his supporters. 

DMK and Panneerselvam camp had pressed for a secret ballot on the motion of confidence, but it was rejected by the Speaker.