Chennai: DMK President and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin was arrested on Saturday following a day-long tussle after protests erupted against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami winning the trust vote during the floor test in the state assembly.
Later in the day after the pandemonium in the Assembly, Stalin was arrested after he sat on a hunger strike at the Gandhi statue near Marina beach against the alleged attack on him and his party MLAs in the state Assembly. He termed Saturday as a “black day” for democracy, the DMK leader urged all those who wanted to “remove” the “anti-democratic” AIADMK government to join him.
“It is a black day for democracy. This anti-people(AIADMK) government must be removed. Insisting that a peaceful protest is underway at the Marina. Those who want to remove this anti-democratic government should converge at the Marina,” he said in a statement in Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu assembly witnessed high drama as both Speaker P Dhanapal and Stalin alleged their shirts were torn due to the ruckus in the House. Toppled chairs, torn paper pieces, unruly fisting, displacing mikes, the State assembly has turned into a battle ground.
As the drama escalated, the Speaker ordered the eviction of DMK members with marshals trying hard to remove them. The DMK members resisted eviction with all their might. An agitated Stalin, the DMK’s working president, told the watch and ward staff that the members would harm themselves if they were taken out.
Despite the Speaker adjourning the House at 1.28 pm, the marshals faced a tough time asking the unrelenting DMK members to move out. Stalin told the large number of watch and ward staff that “People are against this proxy regime, we are fighting for the people.” “If you try to evict us by force, we would be constrained to harm ourselves, we may even consider suicide,” he threatened.
Following the removal of DMK leaders from the assembly, Stalin met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.
The AIADMK government sailed through the crucial trust vote with a 122-11 margin. However, the Speaker said, “I am hurt and ashamed.”