TN Power Tussle: Madras HC to hear DMK's plea challenging trust vote today

| Updated: Feb 21, 2017 14:20 IST

Chennai [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): The Madras High Court today will hear the DMK's plea seeking to declare null and void, the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Chief Minister EK Palaniswami. The Opposition had moved the court yesterday and the bench, comprising of 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 last Saturday. DMK has 89 MLAs in the Assembly. The division vote was taken up after two adjournments following uproarious scenes as opposition MLAs insisted on a secret vote, which was rejected by Speaker P Dhanapal. Meanwhile, DMK has said that it will soon move a no-confidence motion against the Assembly Speaker. In a press conference, the 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. Stalin was responding to the Speaker's charge that he was perhaps targeted by the DMK during the ruckus in the trust vote for hailing from a particular community. (ANI)
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