The floor test for the Palaniswami government as mandated by the governor ran into trouble with Panneerselvam and the DMK demanding a secret vote while Speaker P.Dhanapal gave a ruling for grouping mode which will intimidate and identify the MLAs not supporting the Sasikala group openly.
Speaker Dhanapal’s ruling created chaos with the opposition groups turning violent and occupying the chair’s chair and even throwing the mike in a pandemonium that forced the Speaker to adjourn the House till 3.00 PM. If they succeed to stage another disruption, then the floor test will be postponed either to Sunday or on Monday.
While the role of Panneerselvam and Congress remained disruptive, DMK went ahead and created virtual seige of the podium. The likelihood of AIADMK MLAs being sent back to the resort in the outskirts of Chennai is once again a reality now. As per the statistics, if the Panneerselvam group manages to wean away 10 more MLAs, then they can see a fair chance of forming the government, next.
But Palaniswami and Sasikala group is in majority right now vividly because no secret vote was allowed by the speaker.
Today’s pandemonium was as historic as the one in 1989. In fact, it was similar disruption by DMK way back in on March 25, 1989 led to Karunanidhi’s downfall for the second time in a political game at the hands of J. Jayalalithaa, who opposed him while presenting the budget.
When Jayalalithaa was making her exit on that fateful day, the DMK minister for public works, Durai Murugan, stood in her way and tried to remove her sari. Ashamed of the incident, she vowed to “never step foot inside the House until conditions are created for a woman to attend the Assembly with dignity”. The Centre dismissed the DMK government and Jayalalithaa trounced Karunanidhi in the elections in June 1991 elections winning 224 seats and the DMK left with just 7 seats.