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TN CM Palanisamy, DMK, O Panneerselvam meet Governor Rao

The Meetings Come A Day After The Palanisamy Government Won The Vote Of Confidence By A Margin Of 122-11 In The Assembly. Palanisamy Was Accompanied By His Cabinet Colleagues Including P Thangamani, S P Velumani, C Ve Shanmugam And DJayakumar During His Meeting With Rao Which An Official Release Described As A Courtesy Call.

PTI | Updated on: 20 Feb 2017, 12:19:24 AM


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy, opposition DMK and the dissident camp of AIADMK led by O Panneerselvam had separate meetings with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Sunday.

The meetings come a day after the Palanisamy government won the vote of confidence by a margin of 122-11 in the Assembly. Palanisamy was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues including P Thangamani, S P Velumani, C Ve Shanmugam and D Jayakumar during his meeting with Rao which an official release described as a "courtesy call".

Palanisamy had a brief discussion with Rao, it said. DMK, whose MLAs were en masse evicted from the Assembly before the voting on the confidence motion, appealed to Rao to"nullify" the vote of confidence won by Sasikala loyalist Palanisamy, alleging it was adopted by contravening the Assembly rules.

In a representation submitted to Rao, DMK working president M K Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition, urged him to "nullify the entire proceedings" to "protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution".

DMK Rajya Sabha members R S Bharathi, T K S Elangovan, and Tiruchi N Siva met Rao and submitted the representation. Later, O Panneerselvam also met Rao and requested him not to recognise the confidence motion adopted in the Assembly.

Panneerselvam, along with some of his supporters including MLA S Semmalai, met the Governor for about 20 minutes. K Pandiarajan, a former minister and Panneerselvam loyalist, told reporters that they told Rao "the trust vote does not fit into the Constitutional scheme of things".

"Hence, we have urged the Governor that he should not recognise the trust vote (and its outcome)," he said, adding Rao has been requested "to fix another date for the motion of confidence". Panneerselvam also apprised the Governor that he and opposition parties had demanded secret ballot for voting on the trust motion so that legislators could "express their choice in a free manner".

Rao was also informed about the unsavoury incidents in the House on Saturday. After having separate meetings with Palaniswami, DMKMPs, and Pannerselvam and his followers, Rao left for Mumbai.

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First Published : 20 Feb 2017, 12:12:00 AM