- Stalin sit on fast at Gandhi statue in Marina Beach.
- Palaniswami breaks down at Jaya Memorial after winning floor test.
- We have time to prove this, at the end only dharma will win. If need be will meet the Governor: O Pannerselvam
- Once we go back to our constituencies will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed by MLAs: O Panneerselvam on floor test
- We’ve time to prove this but at the last ‘dharma’ only will win: OPanneerselvam
- Edappadi Palaniswami wins floor test. 122 MLAs vote in favour, says Speaker
- Stalin reaches RajBhavan after being evicted from TN Assembly.
- Congress walks out from TN Assembly.
- Stalin takes responsibility for ruckus, to meet governor at Raj Bhavan
- Speaker: Even though I was manhandled, reconvened house, will function only acc to rules
- Floor test has started in block 2 of Tamil Nadu assembly
- CM Palanisamy’s vote of confidence: Voting begins in Tamil Nadu assembly
- DMK MLAs who have been evicted are sitting on the corridors just outside TN Assembly’s door and protesting, say reports.
- More DMK MLAs evicted. TV reports say that MK Stalin has also been evicted.
- DMK MLAs adamant not to leave the house. More commotion inside the house
- 20 DMK MLAs evicted from the house
- Proceedings inside the TN Legislative Assembly are not being shown on TV. This is totally undemocratic: Markandey Katju
- Stalin and other DMK MLAs sit on the floor of the Assembly and conduct dharna: Reports
- Tamil Nadu Assembly adjourned till 3pm
- DMK MLA protest in Assembly premises after getting evicted from the house
- DMK MLAs carried out of Assembly by marshals. Clash between Assembly marshals and DMK MLAs.
- Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker P Dhanapal orders assembly police to evict DMK MLAs
- They tore my shirt and insulted me: TN Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal
- Speaker expresses regret over what happened in the house
- Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings begin again.
Update: An injured assembly official being taken to hospital following massive ruckus in the assembly. DMK is a violent and anti-national party. Whatever she is, Sasikala is much better than DMK: Subramanian Swamy. All roads leading to Fort St George has been sealed; Security stepped up Inside campus.
Chennai: Pandemonium broke out in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday ahead of the crucial vote of confidence by the Edapady Palaniswami government with the opposition members stalling the proceedings.
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 today 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.
The Tamil Nadu special Assembly session thus was adjourned till 1:oo pm after violent protest broke out in the House. There were reports of chairs being hurled at each other and table in front of Speaker P Dhanapala getting damaged in the ruckus. Legislators broke furniture and microphones and threw papers inside the Tamil Nadu assembly
The Opposition party members, including Congress and DMK along with O Panneerselvam section, have been demanding a secret ballot but the speaker rejected it. Media persons are not allowed to enter the Assembly premises and the extent of damage caused inside is yet unknown.
An ambulance was rushed to the House, and news agency ANI tweeted a photograph showing an injured official being rushed to a health facility. The Speaker barred media into the assembly and even cut off power to a public announcement system at the press room inside the House.
Assembly officials said many legislators, most of them from the DMK, went on a rampage seeking a secret ballot, which the party hoped will enable fence-sitters in the Palaniswami camp to vote for Panneerselvam.
On Thursday, E Palaniswami was administered oath of office by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after he submitted a letter claiming support of party legislators. Palaniswami, who belongs to Sasikala faction of AIADMK, was sworn-in as CM after she was convicted by Supreme Court in disproportionate assets case.
Meanwhile, O Panneerselvam also spoke in the Assembly and reiterated his demand of a secret ballot also asking for postponement of the session so that the MLAs ‘can go and ask the people about what they wanted’.