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DMK Seeks No-Confidence Motion Against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, Calls For Day-Long Hunger Strike

"During the session on 18 February, the Speaker acted with ulterior motives."

22/02/2017 9:55 AM IST | Updated 22/02/2017 10:19 AM IST
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CHENNAI -- The opposition DMK on Tuesday submitted a letter to Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen for a No-Confidence Motion against Speaker P Dhanapal.

The DMK's move came a day after party Working President and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly MK Stalin said his party will move a No-Confidence Motion against the Speaker in the backdrop of the 18 February trust vote which Chief Minister E K Palaniswami won with a 122-11 margin.

"We have given a letter to the Assembly Secretary for bringing a No-Confidence Motion against Speaker Dhanapal," Stalin told reporters at the Secretariat here.

A copy of the letter has been submitted to the Speaker as well, he said.

"During the session on 18 February, the Speaker acted with ulterior motives. On that basis, given that there is no confidence on him, we have submitted the letter seeking a No-Confidence Motion against him," he said.

Stalin had said on Monday that DMK would move a No-Confidence Motion against Dhanapal, accusing him of "deliberately harping on his community to malign" the opposition party.

His statement had come in response to Dhanapal's charge on Saturday after the confidence vote faced by Palanisamy that he was perhaps targeted by the DMK during the ruckus for hailing from a particular community.

"When we see that the Speaker is deliberately harping on his community to maligns us, it is very regrettable. It is a matter of shame, according to us, for Tamil Nadu," Stalin had said.

"Therefore, we will move a No-Confidence Motion (against Dhanapal). Signatures of 34 of our MLAs are enough for that and the (Assembly) rules mandate that it (motion) should be taken up within 15 days," he had said.

The DMK has 89 MLAs in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.

On Saturday, amidst chaotic scenes involving the DMK which eventually led to eviction of its members enmasse, the Palaniswami government won the trust vote by the huge margin.

Ruling Congress here has announced its support to the fast being held on Wednesday by the DMK to protest what that party called was "murder of democracy" in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The fast is also to protest the alleged manhandling of DMK working president M K Stalin in the Tamil Nadu assembly on 18 February when the trust vote was taken up.

In a release, Puducherry PWD Minister and PCC president A Namassivayam announced the party's support to the DMK's fast.

DMK is an alliance partner of the Congress and supports the Narayanasamy-led government from outside.

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