OPS team at Raj Bhavan

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 19, 2017 10:56 AM IST

Chennai: Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his team met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan here today.

They briefed the Governor on the ruckus in the Tamilnadu Assembly during the confidence vote yesterday and submitted a memorandum seeking the Governor to declare the trust vote won by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as invalid.

Pannerselvam was accompanied by former Ministers Natham Viswanathan, K P Munusamy, S Semmalai, former Assembly Speaker P H Pandian and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan among others.

It may be recalled that torn shirts of Speaker P Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin, toppled chairs, strewn paper pieces and displacement of mikes were testimony to a virtual war-like situation in the Assembly yesterday.

Though the AIADMK government sailed through the crucial vote of confidence with a 122-11 margin, it was not before the House witnessed unruly scenes of jostling and strident sloganeering, taking the Assembly by storm.

"I am hurt and ashamed," the Speaker said after declaring the result of the vote, pointing to the pandemonium. The Speaker ordered the eviction of DMK members with marshals trying hard to remove them.

The DMK members resisted eviction with all their might. Finally, marshals were instructed to physically evict the DMK members, with all hell breaking lose and a free-for-all ensuing.

While watch and ward staff physically carried Legislators, DMK MLAs resisted by whatever means they could.

Stalin, when being carried over by marshals, thumped his head with his hands and shook his legs hard resisting removal.

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