Is MK Stalin biggest beneficiary of Tamil Nadu assembly violence today?
Chennai: While MK Stalin might have lost his cause today, but political observers believe that the 63-year old leader of the DMK used the opportunity to hog the limelight. While he was demanding secret ballot – an utterly laughable demand that was turned down by the speaker–he used the opportunity to put the AIADM on the defensive by making it impossible for the Speaker to run the assembly.
DMK with 88 members has been trying to destroy AIADMK, its only real rival in the state politics. These efforts got a boost following Jayalalithaa’s death more than two months ago. DMK efforts got a much needed shot in the arm when O Panneerselvam revolted against Sasikala, who was appointed the AIADM general secretary after Jayalalithaa.
Though in the last more than two weeks’ time, Panneerselvam couldn’t muster the support of more than eight MLAs, it created a rift in the party that might impact it in the long term.
Afte being evicted from Tamil Nadu assembly, Stalin said, “We were manhandled on the orders of the ruling party. I was pulled out of the assembly”. The DMK legislators said they would meet Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to complain against the Speaker.
Stalin further said, “If anything wrong happened, we regret it but we had to protest as the Speaker did not accept our demand for secret voting”.
He has said that he will go on fast near Gandhi Samadhi in Chennai.
Earlier in the day serious violence broke out in the assembly as the Speaker announced that the trust vote would go ahead, rejecting the demand by the O Panneerselvam-led rebel faction of the ruling AIADMK for secret voting, which had been backed by the DMK and the Congress. Opposition lawmakers surrounded the speaker’s chair, yanked mics and ripped papers. They were seen pushing the Speaker, who was escorted out by marshals. After he left, a legislator was seen sitting in his chair and others stood on tables, depicting a complete breakdown of order in the house.
In the meantime, Panneerselvam had become completely invisible in the entire drama surrounding the trust vote and the rebellion. Son of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi, Stalin belongs to the caste of “Isai Vellalar”.