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Sasikala's vow has come true, says Palaniswami after winning trust vote

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today won the crucial trust vote in the state Assembly. 122 AIADMK MLAs voted in favour of the trust motion while 11 legislators voted against it.

India TV Politics Desk, Chennai [ Updated: February 19, 2017 0:02 IST ]
File pic of Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami
File pic of Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

After winning the trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly, Chief Minister E Palaniswami said that his victory in the vote of confidence motion meant that jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala's vow has come true.

"The media have captured the atrocities committed by the DMK in the assembly. They intended to block the confidence vote and not let it happen," he told media persons for the first time after becoming the chief minister, at the MGR memorial at Marina Beach.

"But Chinnamma's (Sasikala) vow has come true. We will make Amma's and MGR's dreams a reality," he added.

Palaniswami further said the cause of the rebel AIADMK MLAs, led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, had been defeated.

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"They (rebels) wanted to destroy our party. What Chinnamma (Sasikala) said the other day is true. You saw how the rebels were cozying up with the DMK today in the assembly. They (OPS faction) did not object to the DMK's rampage," he said.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami today won the crucial confidence vote in the Assembly by a comfortable margin of 111 votes.

122 MLAs voted in favour of the confidence motion moved by Palaniswamy while 11 MLAs opposed the motion. 

The voting was preceded by the unprecedented ruckus in the Assembly with the DMK legislators throwing chairs and smashing microphones.

The DMK legislators became unruly after their demand for using secret ballot for deciding the trust vote was rejected by the Speaker.

The DMK legislators were later evicted out of the House on the instructions of the Speaker. The MLAs of Congress party also staged a walkout from  the Assembly. 

Former Chief Minister Panneerselvam could muster only 11 votes, ending the prolonged stalemate triggered by his rebellion and by conviction of AIADMK chief V K Sasikala after being elected the Legislature Party leader.  

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, while appointing Edappadi K Palaniswami as the chief minister after he was propped by Sasikala, had given him 15 days time to prove his majority. 

 
The vote was taken after two adjournments due to pandemonium and charges of attacks by DMK members.  

Speaker P Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin claimed their shirts were torn in the fracas in the House.

Highlights of the day's proceedings: 

* Request TN Guv to restore democratic values&order Assembly postponement fr conducting secret voting on Confidence Motion - MK Stalin

​* Speaker's agenda is to announce CM's success in getting confidence vote in DMK's absence;It's unconstitutional- MK Stalin in letter to TN Guv

* DMK working president MK Stalin  and other protesting DMK MLAs detained by police at Marina Beach

* DMK Working President MK Stalin to stage protest at Chennai's Marina Beach 

* DMK Working President MK Stalin meets Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao after CM Palaniswami wins trust vote in Assembly

* After adjournment by the Speaker, how did trust vote take place? All MLAs were scared to cast votes in favour of trust vote: DMK leader TKS  Elangovan

* We have time to prove this, at the end, only dharma will win. If need be, will meet the Governor: O Panneerselvam

* Once we go back to our constituencies, we will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed by MLAs: O Pannerselvam after Palaniswami wins trust vote

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami wins vote of confidence in Assembly. 122 MLAs voted for the motion while 11 opposed it

* Voting begins in TN Assembly on Palaniswami's trust motion

* Congress stages walk out from Tamil Nadu Assembly

* Even though I was manhandled and my shirt was torn, I reconvened house. The house will function only according  to the rules: TN Speaker P      Dhanapal

* We are going to meet the Governor to apprise him of the situation here: MK Stalin

* We were told that Assembly will reconvene at 3 pm, but at 2 pm Police came and tried to forcefully evict us.My shirt was also torn: MK Stalin

* Speaker himself tore off his shirt and blamed DMK MLAs. We reiterate our demand for a secret ballot: MK Stalin

* I was manhandled, claims DMK leader MK Stalin

* The Police have entered the Assembly and thay are not letting it function, says DMK MLA TM Anbarasan

* House adjourned till 3 pm

* DMK MLAs refuse to move out of the House, to sit on dharna inside Tamil Nadu Assembly premises.

* Clash between marshals and DMK MLAs

You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt and insulted me. I am doing my work abiding law: Speaker P Dhanapal

* Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker P Dhanapal orders Assembly police to evict DMK MLAs

* DMK MLAs scuffle with TN Assembly speaker, protesting DMK MLA Ku Ka Selvam sat on speaker chair

* Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings begin again

* Marshals escort Speaker out of Assembly after violence in the House

* It's unfortunate that such incidents took place in TN assembly, whatever Speaker decides should be accepted by all: Kapil Sibal

* DMK is a violent and anti-national party. Whatever she is, VKSasikala is much better than DMK: Subramanian Swamy

* Tamil Nadu Assembly adjourned till 1 pm after uproar over secret ballot

* Chairs, tables broken in the Assembly

* Police move towards Assembly premises after huge uproar inside by DMK and other parties demanding secret ballot

* DMK MLA Poongothai Aladi Aruna climbs on bench and raises slogans demanding secret ballot

* DMK MLAs gherao Assembly Speaker Dhanapal, demanding secret ballot

* MLAs should be given time to meet people and know their views, says AIADMK MLA R Natarajan who is supporting OPS 

* Audio speaker kept in Tamil Nadu Assembly press room (allocated for accredited reporters and cameraman) has been disconnected.

* DMK MLAs tear paper, throw chairs in assembly demanding secret ballot 

* DMK MLA Poongothai Aladi Aruna climbs on bench and raises slogans demanding secret ballot 

* Voting yet to start on trust vote

* Nobody can interfere in my decision on how to vote, says Speaker P Dhanapal

* Congress also demands secret ballot for the trust vote 

* People's voice should be heard and only after that  the floortest should be undertaken in the Assembly, says OPS

* Everyone knows that MLAs were kept in koovathur:OPS

* Democracy will win only when secret ballot voting is done: Stalin

* Floortest should be undertaken some other day. What is the hurry when the Governor has given 15 days time, asks MK Stalin in Assembly

* Speaker allows leaders to express their views before voting begins

* All doors shut in Tamil Nadu Assembly premises

* Voting to be done though head counts in 6 segments

 * Pannerselvam's demand for secret ballot rejected

* AIADMK MLAs (Palanisamy supporters ) raise slogans against DMK in assembly 

* CM Palanisami moves motion for vote of confidence in TN assembly

* Congress to vote against Edappadi K Palaniswami government: TNCC chief Su Thirunavakkarasar.

* DMK Working President MK Stalin reaches state assembly to attend special session

* Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami reaches secretariat 

* We don't think we are in single digit. We believe 135 people should vote for us: M Pandiarajan, former TN Minister & OPS supporter

* We have to safeguard our party, symbol and the Government. Will work with Chinamma: AIADMK MLA leaves Kuvathur resort

* Whip issued for all party MLAs, we will vote accordingly: Thoppu N D Venkatachalam, AIADMK MLA leaves Kuvathur resort

Palaniswami (63), a senior leader in the ruling AIADMK of the VK Sasikala camp, was sworn in on Thursday. He needs the support of 117 legislators to continue in the post. The AIADMK party commands the support of 124 legislators, including the Speaker, while the breakaway group led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has 11 legislators.

The other opposition includes DMK with 89 members, Congress - eight, Indian Union Muslim League with one, and one seat is vacant. 

The DMK (minus its president M Karunanidhi who is unwell has 88 legislators to vote), along with the Congress and Indian Union of Muslim League, the opposition group comes to 97. The Panneerselvam camp has the support of 11, taking the tally against Palaniswami to 108. If there is some cross-voting to the tune of 10 legislators from Sasikala's camp then it could be the end for Palaniswami.

The assembly has a total strength of 234 of which one seat is vacant.

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