Following the protest inside and outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday, the DMK has now announced a hunger strike on February 22, 2017. All the district offices in the state will protest against the assembly proceedings that allowed Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to win the confidence vote.
This announcement came after DMK MLAs held a meeting at the party headquarters on Sunday. DMK working president MK Stalin, in his representation to Governor C. Vidayasagar Rao said the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Palaniswami was adopted in the absence of the entire opposition on Saturday.
He requested Rao to invoke his Constitutional powers "to nullify the entire proceedings with a view to protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution".
Stalin said extraordinary police presence was mobilised, giving an impression of a "war-like situation" around the assembly complex and a "thick atmosphere of terror" had prevailed.
During the Tamil Nadu assembly special session on Saturday, MK Stalin had asked speaker Dhanapal to conduct the trust vote on another day. He had also requested the speaker for a secret ballot. But both his requests were denied by the speaker.
After which, DMK created a ruckus in the assembly and were evicted from the assembly. They protested in the assembly and were forcefully removed from the assembly. The assembly session was also repeatedly adjourned till 3pm.
After leaving the secretariat, DMK went to the governor and also protested again at Marina beach on Saturday evening. However, they were detained by the police.
(With IANS input)