DMK moves Madras HC against ‘controversial’ trust vote in favour of Palaniswami
The opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu today moved the Madras High Court against Saturday’s ‘controversial’ trust vote won by AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala loyalist EK Palaniswami. The court will take up the plea for hearing on Tuesday.
Soon after the court assembled this morning, senior advocate and former DMK MP R Shanmugasundaram mentioned the matter before the first bench and sought urgent hearing.
The bench of acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevan asked him to file the petition, so that it can be heard on Tuesday.
The development comes a day after the DMK and the dissident camp in the AIADMK led by O Pannerselvam met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan separately and apprised him about the circumstances under which the trust vote was won by Palaniswami.
The Palaniswami government had on Saturday won the vote of confidence by a margin of 122-11 in the Assembly.
K Pandiarajan, a former minister and Panneerselvam loyalist, told reporters that they told Rao the trust vote does not fit into the Constitutional scheme of things.
"Hence, we have urged the Governor that he should not recognise the trust vote (and its outcome)," he said, adding Rao has been requested to fix another date for the motion of confidence.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that O Panneerselvam, who had controversially resigned from his post as Chief Minister to pave way for Sasikala, was also considering to approach the High Court against the confidence vote.
Palaniswami was sworn-in as the CM on Thursday after Sasikala, who was engaged in a power tussle with Panneerselvam for the position, was convicted by the Supreme Court in a 19-year-old disproportionate assets case and sentenced to four years in prison.