OPS supporters held for taking out rallies

Madurai: More than 100 supporters of the O Panneerselvam camp were arrested yesterday for trying to take out rallies here to urge AIADMK MLAs to take a 'fair decision' during the confidence vote in the Tamilnadu Assembly.

As part of precautionary measures the rallies have been banned, the police said. The supporters of the former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam claimed that the police were acting in an 'undemocratic manner'.

"We are only undertaking a democratic rally.. police have no right to prevent or instigate any person against such rallies," they said while shouting slogans against the police.

Panneerselvam said he and his supporters have vowed to reinstate 'Amma's government' and 'rallies' of voters would be taken out in all the constituencies today to urge the MLAs to take a 'fair decision' over voting in the assembly, scheduled for 18 February.

While inviting him to form the government on 16 February, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asked Palaniswami to seek the vote of confidence in the next 15 days. The government had later in the day announced that the vote of confidence would be held at 11 am today.


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