In an another attempt to pull down the Tamil Nadu ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the opposing party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) moved to the Madras High Court on Monday seeking an order to declare Saturday’s vote of confidence as null and void.

Following this, R Shanmugasundaram, the council for DMK and a former Rajya Sabha member sought an urgent hearing in the court in respect to the petition. A bench of acting chief justices including Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadeven posted the petition in court for hearing on Tuesday.

E Palaniswami took the post of CM of Tamil Nadu, after he won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member assembly.

The DMK termed the vote of trust as illegal because it was introduced twice in the house. As per the allegation, the vote was introduced first in morning and then again after two adjournments in the house.

Fresh chaos erupted in the house after the TN governor rejected the AIADMK rebels, Congress and DMK’s demand of secret voting and announced the first vote of trust. After the announcement, the lawmakers created a ruckus in house by pulling pout the microphones and toppled speaker’s table. DMK lawmakers, led by MK Stalin, sat down on the floor of the house and protested when the Speaker ordered their eviction.

The Governor has been asked by MK Stalin as well as O Panneerselvam to call for a fresh vote of confidence and secret voting.

First Published | 20 February 2017 3:15 PM
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