Subsequently, during a Motion of Confidence moved by the Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on February 18, 122 MLAs had voted in his favour.
Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar on Sunday hit out at DMK working president M K Stalin and alleged that the leader of the opposition was “selfish” in demanding that the state government be dissolved.Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Jayakumar said the DMK, which had earlier called for scrapping of the Article 356 of the Constitution (imposition of President’s Rule), was demanding it in Tamil Nadu.
Last Friday, the court had deferred for Monday the hearing of the plea for probe by CBI and DRI into the alleged pay-offs to some AIADMK MLAs before the trust vote sought by the K Palanisamy government in February.
The opposition has been denied permission by Speaker P Dhanapal to raise the matter for three consecutive days. “We have demanded the same explanation from him”, O Panneerselvam said.
In his plea, Stalin has sought to declare the confidence vote null and void claiming that it was conducted in “contravention” of the assembly rules. The MLA, however, has said the voice in the footage was not his. “Hence, in protest against this, we staged a walkout of the assembly”, Stalin said.
The “sting operation” was “important evidence” regarding the circumstances in which the confidence vote was held, he said.
DMK members were evicted from the Assembly on Wednesday, the first day of the session, after they continued to disrupt proceedings demanding discussion on the issue, which the Speaker disallowed saying the matter was sub-judice.
The video-footage of the “sting” operation “reveal that the vote of confidence was vitiated by inducements and bribery of the AIADMK MLAs”, he alleged. The opposition parties apart from seeking a CBI probe have also asked for a fresh Vote of Confidence in the assembly.
Stalin, accompanied by Congress Legislature Party Leader K R Ramasamy and Indian Union Muslim League MLA KAM Mohammed Abubakker, said the opposition parties will discuss the future course of action if the governor did not act on their demands.