AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam during a programme in Chennai on Feb 12, 2017IANS

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has won the vote of confidence in the Assembly on Saturday. In total 122 MLAs voted in favour of Palaniswami, while only 11 voted for O Panneerselvam. After winning the trust vote, Palaniswami visited Jayalalithaa's memorial to pay homage.

Earlier in the day, DMK MLAs created a ruckus in the Assembly following which Speaker Dhanapal ordered police to evict the MLAs from the Assembly.

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4.18 pm: CM Palanaiswami along with AIADMK MLAs pays tribute at Jayalalithaa memorial.

4.07 pm: DMK's MK Stalin meets Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao after they were evicted from the Tamil Nadu Assembly. Stalin will hold a protest at Marina beach. 

4.06 pm: Ministers, AIADMK MLAs pay homage at Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami is also heading there.

3.58 pm: "There were constant threats and abusive language was used. Things would've been different if a secret ballot was done," Pandiarajan of OPS camp said.

3.54 pm: "DMK MLAs for 3 hours kept on repeating their request to save democracy, now in absence of all of us, the vote was passed. We doubt validity," OPS said. 

"Family thrown out from the party by Amma again came into the picture with Sasikala's intervention. It won't last, Amma's rule will b established," OPS said. 

3.49 pm: "We had kept 2 demands before speaker, one was to send MLAs to their constituencies, but Speaker didn't agree to them," O Panneerselvam said.

3.46 pm: O Panneerselvam says voters have been betrayed. "Once we go back to our constituencies will get to know the truth, the voters have been betrayed by MLAs," OPS said.

3.30 pm: DMK workers are protesting alleging that MLAs were forcefully thrown out of the Assembly.

3.27 pm: Edappadi Palaniswami wins the vote of confidence after all the six divisions of MLAs voted in favour of him. Out of the 234 MLAs, 122 voted in favour of CM Palaniswami. 

3.26 pm:  Edappadi Palaniswami wins trust vote, to stay on as chief minister

3.14 pm: CM Palaniswami's vote of confidence: Voting begins in Tamil Nadu Assembly, ANI reported. Floor test started in block 2 of the Assembly. 

3.11 pm: Congress stages walkout from Tamil Nadu Assembly

3.09 pm: "Even though I was manhandled and the shirt was torn, I reconvened house. The house will function only according to rules," Speaker Dhanapal said.

3.06 pm: All DMK MLAs evicted from the Assembly 

3.02 pm: "Speaker tore of his shirt himself and blamed MLAs of DMK. We reiterate our demand for a secret ballot," says DMK's MK Stalin, adding, "We were told that assembly will reconvene at 3 pm, but at 2 pm Police came and tried to forcefully evict us.My shirt also torn."

He also said that they will meet the Governor to inform him about the situation.

2.52 pm: "The Police have entered the assembly and are not letting it function," DMK MLA T. M. Anbarasan.

2.31 pm: Watch the video of Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker Dhanapal manhandled by DMK MLAs

1.33 pm: Tamil Nadu Assembly adjourned till 3 pm, after continues ruckus by opposition MLAs. 

1.30 pm: DMK MLAs to sit on dharna inside Assembly premises

1.29 pm: Check out the visuals of DMK MLAs throwing chair and tearing paper in the Assembly

1.20 pm: DMK MLA expelled from Assembly.  Speaker Dhanapal ordered Assembly police to evict DMK MLA.

"You (DMK MLAs) tore my shirt & insulted me, I am doing my work abiding the law," Speaker P Dhanapal said. Here is a footage of DMK MLAs creating a ruckus in the Assembly.

1.20 pm: O. Panneerselvam said that MLAs were kept in captivity in Kuvathur. "A case with these allegations was filed in court. An officer has filed report. The case in court and hence sub judice," Speaker said.

1.18 pm: "MLAs are threatened. My dress is still there in the resort. MLAs should be allowed to go home and to their constituencies and allowed to vote later," AIADMK MLA told Assembly, according to The Hindu.

1.06 pm: Assembly proceedings begin

12.51 pm: "Its unfortunate that such incidents took place in TN assembly, whatever speaker decides should be accepted by all," Kapil Sibal told ANI.

12.49 pm: An Assembly official suffered injuries during the uproar in the assembly. The injured officer has been taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

12.39 pm: An Ambulance has been brought in after the MLAs created a ruckus

12.37 pm: Meanwhile, meeting is underway between CM Edappadi Palaniswami and senior ministers

12.34 pm: Member of Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy calls DMK an anti-national party. "DMK is a violent and anti-national party. Whatever she is, #VKSasikala is much better than DMK," he said.

12.20 pm: Police move towards Assembly premises after MLAs created a ruckus over demand for secret ballot voting.

12.15 pm: TN Assembly adjourned till 1 pm. DMK MLA Ku Ka Selvam sat on Speaker's chair in protest. 

12.09 pm: DMK MLAs protest against Speaker Dhanapal demanding the secret ballot. MLA Poongothai Aladi Aruna climbs on the bench and raises slogans demanding the secret ballot. DMK MLAs throw chairs, tear papers demanding the secret ballot.

12.02 pm: Uproar again in Tamil Nadu Assembly 

12.00 pm: Indian Union Muslim League also demands secret ballot voting. Earlier, DMK, OPS and Congress demanded secret ballot voting, which was later rejected by Speaker Dhanapal.

11.54 am: "Nobody can interfere in my decision on how to vote," Speaker P Dhanapal said.

11.51 am: After DMK and OPS, now Congress demands to go for a secret ballot. 

11.43 am: Speaker Dhanapal rejects OPS and DMK's request. OPS urge to go for a secret ballot.

11.40 am: "People's voice should be heard and then only the #floortest should be done in the Assembly," O Panneerselvam said.

"MLAs should be given time to hear the views of their constituency people, until then time should be given," O Panneerselvam said.

11.35 am: DMK, OPS demand postponement of floor test. "Democracy will be fulfilled only when secret ballot voting is done," MK Stalin said. 

11.30 am: Secret ballot demand by OPS camp and the opposition parties rejected. It will be a vote by division.

11.26 am: Audio of Assembly proceedings switched off in the secretariat press room. Speaker Dhanapal asks MLAs to maintain silence in the Assembly.

11.20 am: Speaker says no to secret voting

11.18 am: Floor test voting begins in Assembly. Chief Minister EK Palaniswami needs 117 votes, which is half of the 234 members' votes, to win the trust motion.

11.15 am: AIADMK's Madhusudanan (OPS camp) appointed S Semmalai as chief whip in Assembly

11.12 am: DMK raise slogans in Tamil Nadu Assembly supporting O Panneerselvam, while AIADMK MLAs raise slogans against DMK in Assembly floor test.

11.10 am: Edappadi Palanisami moves motion for the vote of confidence in TN Assembly

11 am: O. Panneerselvam arrives at the Assembly to participate in the floor test.

10.55 am: After MK Stalin, now photographers are protesting at the Assembly. The photographers are alleging that they are not allowed to enter the secretariat.


10.50 am: MK Stalin walked to the Assembly in protest alleging that his car was searched at the entrance.

10.30 am: Edappadi K Palaniswami pays tributes to labour leader Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar on the 158th birth anniversary.

10.20 am: Congress to vote against the confidence motion in Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday. On Friday, Stalin said that he will oppose Edappadi Palaniswami in the Assembly.

"If he (Edappadi K. Palanisamy) seeks vote of confidence tomorrow, we will oppose him in the assembly. Our 89 MLAs will vote against him," Stalin told media on Friday.

10.10 am: DMK working president MK Stalin has reached Assembly to attend the special session. On 

10.10 am: Congress MLAs reach Assembly ahead of the floor test

10 am: Over 1,500 police personnel are deployed RBI subway to War Memorial.

Tamil Nadu is all set for the first floor test in three decades. O Panneerselvam will lead the protest against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who was elected by VK Sasikala as the chief of AIADMK before she was taken into custody in the 20-year-old disproportionate assets case. 

While O Panneerselvam (OPS) will lead the protest, Palaniswami will seek the trust vote in the Assembly. Of the 234 members' votes, Palaniswami needs at least 117 votes to win the trust motion.

Earlier in the morning, OPS read out a statement and said Jayalalithaa wanted to wipe out dynastic rule in Tamil Nadu. He also expressed happiness after Mylapore MLA R. Nataraj stated his wish to join him.

"If you are Amma's true loyalists, you should vote against the (Palaniswamy) government when it seeks trust vote in the Assembly tomorrow," Panneerselvam said at his residence.

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DMK MLAs protest against Speaker Dhanapal demanding secret ballot

Tamil Nadu Assembly adjourned till 3 pm