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Violent Protests Broke Out In The Tamil Nadu Assembly On Saturday Ahead Of The Crucial Vote Of Confidence By Edapady Palanisamy Government. The Opposition Members Stalled The Proceedings As They Turned Violent.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Saurabh Kumar | Updated on: 18 Feb 2017, 11:10:06 PM
Leader of Opposition MK Stalin

New Delhi:

Violent protests broke out in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday ahead of the crucial vote of confidence by Edapady Palanisamy government. The Opposition members stalled the proceedings as they turned violent. 

DMK members broke the chairs, threw microphones and one of them even sat on Speaker P Dhanapal’s chair in protest. Going berserk, the DMK MLAs reportedly tore Speaker’s clothes following which the assembly marshals were ordered to evict them.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy, a loyalist of VK Sasikala, on Saturday moved motion for the vote of confidence in Tamil Nadu assembly. Meanwhile, the DMK members were seen supporting O Panneerselvam in Tamil Nadu assembly, while AIADMK MLAs (Palanisamy supporters) raised slogans against DMK.

The AIADMK MLAs of Panneerselvam camp also raised slogans demanding a secret ballot.

Here are the live updates -

#8:40 PM

DMK workers protest in Coimbatore over alleged mistreatment meted out to MK Stalin in Assembly; later detained by Police

#6:20 PM

Request TN Governor to restore democratic values and order Assembly postponement for conducting secret voting on Confidence Motion: MK Stalin in letter

#6:18 PM

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

#5:15 PM

Stalin, scores of protesting DMK MLAs detained by police at Marina Beach


DMK leader MK stalin sits on protest at Marina Beach; asks all those who want to 'remove' the 'anti-democratic' government to converge at Marina.


Leader of Opposition MK stalin alleges he was manhandled in TN Assembly, his shirt was torn; says will take up the matter with Governor

#4:59 PM

Everybody watched how rival faction (OPS camp) worked against Amma's govt; this day brought forward real Amma supporters: TN CM Palanisamy

#4:17 PM

CM Palanisamy pays tribute at Jayalalithaa Memorial after winning floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly

#4:16 PM

TN CM E Palanisamy, AIADMK Ministers and MLAs pay tribute at Jayalalithaa memorial at Marina Beach

#4:14 PM

DMK Working President MK Stalin will hold a protest at Chennai's Marina Beach

#4:06 PM

DMK Working President MK Stalin met Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao after floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly

#4:05 PM

We condemn the thrashing of MLAs; this is murder of democracy and can't be accepted in any form: DMK MP Tiruchi Siva

#4:04 PM

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

#3:55 PM

Family thrown out from party by Amma again come into picture with VK Sasikala's intervention; it won't last, Amma's rule will be establshed: OPS

#3:52 PM

DMK MLAs for 3 hrs kept on repeating their request to save democracy, now in absence of all of us, vote was passed; we doubt validity: OPS

#3:50 PM

There were constant threats; abusive language was used. Things would've been different if secret ballot was done: Pandiarajan(OPS camp) on floor test

#3:49 PM

We had kept 2 demands before speaker, one was to send MLAs to their constituencies, but Speaker didn't agree to them: O Panneerselvam

#3:48 PM

We've time to prove this but at the last 'dharma' only will win: O Panneerselvam

#3:48 PM

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

#3:44 PM

Once we go back to our constituencies will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed by MLAs: O Panneerselvam

#3:40 PM

DMK members evicted; Congress & IUML walk out in protest before voting was taken up in Tamil Nadu Assembly

#3:33 PM

Visuals from outside Raj Bhavan where DMK workers are protesting alleging that party MLAs were forcefully evicted from TN Assembly

#3:30 PM

122 MLAs in the assembly voted in favour of CM Palanisamy

#3:25 PM

After all 6 divisions of MLAs in Tamil Nadu Assembly vote in favour, CM Palanisamy wins vote of confidence

#3:16 PM

Floortest has started in block 2 of Tamil Nadu assembly

#3:15 PM

CM Palanisamy's vote of confidence: Voting begins in Tamil Nadu assembly

#3:10 PM

Congress stages walk out from Tamil Nadu Assembly

#3:05 PM

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

#2:58 PM

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

#12:31 PM

Tamil Nadu assembly adjourned till 3 PM

#12:30 PM

#12:26 PM

DMK MLAs to sit on dharna inside Tamil Nadu assembly premises

#12:25 PM

#12:21 PM

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

#12:20 PM

You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt & insulted me, I am doing my work abiding law: #TamilNadu assembly Speaker P Dhanapal 

#12:06 PM

#12:05 PM

Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings begin again

#12:46 PM

An injured official being taken to hospital following massive ruckus in the assembly 

#12:45 PM

Assembly proceedings have been temporarily halted following huge uproar. An ambulance has been brought in 

#12:39 PM

Meeting underway between CM Palanisami and senior ministers

#12:25 PM

Proceedings on Vote Of Confidence stalled in Tamil Nadu Assembly

#12:27 PM

Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal leaves the House escorted by marshals.

#12:18 PM

Ku Ka Selvam DMK MLA sat on Speaker's chair in protest

#12:16 PM

Tamil Nadu assembly has been adjourned till 1 pm after uproar

#12:15 PM

#12:12 PM

DMK protest in assembly: Table in front of Speaker's chair has been broken, Microphones being thrown, reports ANI

#12:11 PM 

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

#12:10 PM

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

#12:02 PM

DMK MLAs gherao Assembly Speaker Dhanapal, demanding secret ballot

#12:06 PM

MLAs should be given time to meet people and know their views: R Natarajan  AIADMK MLA

#12:06 PM

Uproar again in Tamil Nadu assembly

#12:00 PM

Indian Union Muslim League too demands secret ballot voting in Tamil Nadu assembly

#11:58 AM

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

#11:53 AM

Nobody can interfere in my decision on how to vote: Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker P Dhanapal

#11:51 AM

Congress demands to go for a secret ballot

#11:50 AM

MLAs should be given time to hear the views of their constituency people, till then time should be given: O Panneerselvam

#11:41 AM

I urge to go for a secret ballot: O Panneerselvam floor test

#11:40 AM

P Dhanapal TN Assembly Speaker rejects request of DMK asking to postpone floor test to another day

#11:38 AM

People's voice should be heard and then only the floor test should be done in the assembly: O Panneerselvam 

Everyone knows that MLAs were kept in koovathur: O Panneerselvam

#11:37 AM

Democracy will be fulfilled, only when secret ballot voting is done: MK Stalin, DMK

#11:34 AM

Floor test should be done on another day. Why the hurry when the Governor has given 15 days time?: MK Stalin,DMK

#11:24 AM

All doors shut in Tamil Nadu assembly premises

#11:21 AM

I assure that the MLAs will be given adequate security: P. Dhanapal, Assembly Speaker

#11:20 AM

AIADMK MLAs (O Panneerselvam camp) raise slogans in assembly demanding a secret ballot

#11:12 AM

#11:10 AM

AIADMK Presidium Chairman Madhusudanan(OPS camp) appointed S Semmalai as chief whip in assembly

#11:07 AM

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

#11:05 AM

MLAs are being brought to the Secretariat like prisoners: MK Stalin

#11:02 AM

DMK raise slogans in Tamil Nadu assembly supporting O Panneerselvam

#11:01 AM

CM Palanisamy moves motion for the vote of confidence in TN assembly

#10:45 AM

DMK Working President MK Stalin walked to the Tamil Nadu assembly in protest alleging his car was searched at the entrance

#10:33 AM

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami pays tributes to labour leader Singaravelar on 158th birth anniversary

#10:26 AM

Congress to vote against the confidence motion in Tamil Nadu assembly's special session today Floor Test

#10:12 AM

DMK Working President MK Stalin has reached state assembly to attend special session

#10:10 AM

Congress MLAs reach Tamil Nadu assembly ahead of the floor test

#10:00 AM

I strongly appeal, atleast speaker should permit secret ballot. To some extent, MLAs will be free to exercise their franchise: BV Acharya

Governor should hv brought in President's rule for at least 2-3 mnths so that normalcy prevails,& MLAs are free not under threat: BV Acharya

They're not given opportunity, huddled together in a resort with other MLAs.Where is the chance of any free thinking,deliberation?: BV Acharya

You can't say it is a vote exercised by them (MLAs who stayed in resort) out of their free will: BV Acharya, special PP in Sasikala DA case

#9:55 AM

DMK Working President MK Stalin has reached state assembly to attend special session

#9:50 AM:

#9:45 AM:

DMK Working President MK Stalin leaves for assembly to attend special session

#8:55 AM:

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reaches Secretariat

#8:35 AM:

#8:32 AM:

Amma's legacy rests on abled shoulders of OPS, this will be driving force to vote, not temporary confinement of brainwashing: M Pandiarajan

#8:30 AM:

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

#8:20 AM:

#8:16 AM:

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

#8:15 AM:

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

#8:14 AM:

#8:02 AM:

#8:01 AM:

Crucial floor test in the special session of Tamil Nadu Assembly to take place today to decide the fate of CM Edappadi K Palaniswami

#8:00 AM

New Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy to seek trust vote today

Earlier, with the matter coming to a head, Speaker P Dhanapal came out of the assembly escorted by marshals shortly after the House assembled to facilitate the floor test.

The proceedings were stalled amid the pandemonium, where some opposition members demanded secret voting.

Palaniswami, who was sworn in as Chief Minister two days ago, has opted to prove his majority on Saturday itself though he was given 15 days time by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

Earlier in the day, the rebel O Panneerselvam camp got a boost when Coimbatore North MLA Arun Kumar announced his decision to abstain from voting after yesterday’s decision by Mylapore MLA and former DGP R Natraj to vote against the government.

With the decision of the two, the Palaniswami camp is left with 122 MLAs in the 234-member House with one vacancy.

Ailing DMK supremo M Karunanidhi was not present in the House.

In another development, the Panneerselvam camp appointed Semmalai as the party whip in the assembly and sent a letter to the Speaker to this effect. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published : 18 Feb 2017, 07:51:00 AM

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