Pandemonium in Tamil Nadu assembly as CM seeks confidence vote

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"They tore my shirt and insulted me", Dhanpal told reporters outside the House. "I am doing my work abiding law", Dhanapal was quoted as saying to the MLAs.

House adjourned till 1 pm.

It's a 235-member Assembly, where there are 134 members belonging to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Panneerselvam, also known as OPS, vowed to free the state from the clutches of Sasikala and her family.

"During the floor test, even if seven MLAs switch sides, the government will be in a minority".

Following the incident, Stalin said he was heading to the Raj Bhavan to meet the Governer and appeal to him in person.

After listening to the views of all members, Dhanapal said MLAs could cast their vote in a free and fair manner. He added sarcastically that the people of Tamil Nadu should welcome their MLAs with the respect they deserve back home.

The DMK has 89 members in the Assembly.

Following violence in the Assembly, an ambulance has been brought in.

DMK is a violent and anti-national party.

The proceedings were stalled amid the pandemonium, where some opposition members demanded secret voting.

The Speaker said that legislators could not interfere with his powers. "Jai de-mockcrazy." Haasan also said he had seen Congress MLAs, who were previously with the ADMK, walk away with bunch of plucked microphones. He also asked if we should feel happy or sad about undemocratic means being used to protect true democracy. People's voice should be heard and then the floor test should be conducted, says Panneerselvam.

MK Stalin says floor test should be done on another day.

Amid ruckus, Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal says the MLAs will be provided adequate security.

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won the confidence vote in the Tamilnadu Assembly this evening.

Meanwhile, more than 100 supporters of the OPS camp were on Friday arrested for trying to take out rallies here to urge AIADMK MLAs to take a "fair decision" during the confidence vote.

The DMK's working president gathered his party men and sat at the Gandhi statue on the Marina Beach.

There were 122 AAYEs and 11 Nos in the trust voting.

Panneerselvam said he had been insisting that a government desired by Jayalalaithaa should continue and expressed joy that among others, Mylapore MLA and former DGP R Nataraj had backed him. "But around 500 police personnel, led by Additional Commissioner of Police Seshasayee entered the Assembly and manhandled us by hitting us with shoes", he said.