Chennai: Many thought that in Tamil Nadu assembly, where floor test was to take place, Panneerselvam will pose a tough challenge before the new chief minister Palanisamy. While he was there, he was not visible, neither were the small bunch of his supporters who were there believing some miracle of sorts will happen and rescue them.
The man who hogged all the limelight other than the chief minister of two days Palanisamy and the Speaker who also belonged to Sasikala faction of AIADMK, was MK Stalin.
He was in his best attacking form and came out triumphant despite being completely outmaneuvered by the Palanisamy and Sasikala camp.
With torn and unbuttoned shirt, he looked more like Salman Khan in his element in a Bollywood potboiler. What really lacked was a 6-pack body. Nonetheless, the real life drama was more entertaining than six packs that Khans of Bollywood show in most of their movies.
He led his legislators to Marina beach after his MLAs were done with attacking and abusing the assembly Speaker. Terming Saturday as a “black day” for democracy, the senior DMK leader urged all those who wanted to “remove” the “anti-democratic” AIADMK government to join him. After alleging that he was manhandled in the Assembly by the marshals on the day of the vote of confidence, which the Palanisamy government won with a comfortable margin of 122-11, Stalin sat on a protest at the Marina along with his MLAs. However, police detained the protesting MLAs including Stalin.
Stalin while talking to reporters said, “It is a black day for democracy. This anti-people (AIADMK) government must be removed. Insisting that a peaceful protest is underway at the Marina. Those who want to remove this anti-democratic government should converge at the Marina”. Stalin had earlier met Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao even as the confidence vote was on in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
DMK tried its best to force the Speaker to toe its line, but he went with the trust vote. Later In the letter to the Governor, the DMK complained about their eviction from the Assembly and sought postponement of the session to enable a secret voting. “The agenda of Speaker (P Dhanapal) is to go ahead with voting and announce that the Chief Minister has succeeded in getting the confidence of the House, in the absence of the DMK members. This is totally foul play and unconstitutional…Therefore, we request the Governor to restore democratic values and order postponement of the Assembly session for conducting secret voting on the Confidence Motion,” the letter read.
Stalin who is leader of the opposition in the assembly started his political career very early. He lost in his first election to AIADMK candidate K.A.Krishnamoorthy in 1984, but won in 1989 with a big margin against AIADMK’s Thambidurai. Because of this victory, Stalin made his first entry into Tamil Nadu Assembly. He lost another election in 1991 following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi but won 1996, 2001 and 2006, 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections. He was the first elected Mayor in Chennai Corporation. He was elected as Mayor of Chennai in the year of 1996. Stalin is a graduate from the University of Madras. Stalin belongs to the caste of “Isai Vellalar”. His full name is Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin.