DMK challenges trust vote in HC

DMK challenges trust vote in HC
The Opposition DMK approached the Madras High Court on Monday challenging the confidence vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly which confirmed Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister.

The petition, filed by DMK working president M K Stalin, asked the court to declare null and void the vote on Saturday, which took place after all DMK MLAs had been evicted from the House following violence.

The DMK had earlier complained to the governor about the manner in which the voting took place.Palaniswami, a loyalist of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, had won the trust vote with 122 party MLAs backing him.

The DMK petition said the entire proceedings were held in the absence of Opposition parties and urged the court to protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution.

In his plea, which will come up for hearing on Tuesday, Stalin said after nullifying the vote, the court should also order fresh voting through secret ballot.

The petition argued that in 1988, the then governor had declared the vote on a confidence motion invalid, after the Speaker ordered it when just the two factions of the ruling party were present in the House.

DMK advocate and Rajya Sabha  member R Shanmugasundaram mentioned the Assembly incidents before the court in the morning and sought an urgent hearing. Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevan then told him to file a petition so that it could be heard on Tuesday morning.
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