TN Governor refers DMK's memorandum to Speaker, Chief Secretary

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TV footage had purportedly showed Madurai (South) MLA Saravanan belonging to the O Panneerselvam camp making some claims of pay-offs to ruling party legislators ahead of the February 18 trust vote.

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar on Sunday hit out at DMK working president M K Stalin and alleged that the leader of the opposition was "selfish" in demanding that the state government be dissolved.Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Jayakumar said the DMK, which had earlier called for scrapping of the Article 356 of the Constitution (imposition of President's Rule), was demanding it in Tamil Nadu.

"As per the orders of the Governor of Tamil Nadu, a copy of the memorandum and the CD were referred to the Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and the Chief Secretary for appropriate action", it said.

Objecting to the plea, R Krishnamoorthy, counsel for the chief minister, submitted that the additional application for probe by the CBI and DRI was much beyond the scope of the original petition challenging the validity of the trust vote.

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He said AIADMK MLAs were later taken to a seaside resort at Koovathur near here and "detained illegally" prior to the trust vote and later brought to the assembly for voting. "The speaker failed to conduct a real lawful test in the House and in the pandemonium which followed, the speaker declared that the motion of confidence moved by the newly appointed chief minister has been passed and he has won the vote of confidence", he said.

"All these requests made by Stalin in the memorandum submitted to the governor are matters already pending before the High Court of Madras", the release added. The MLA, however, has said the voice in the footage was not his.

In a petition to the governor, the DMK demanded a fresh vote of confidence, and asked the governor to direct a probe into the money trail. It recalled his demands for a CBI or ED probe to unearth the corruption and the money trail respectively.

Stating that the Leader of the Opposition was "desperate" to become CM by trying to use using whatever tiny opportunity that came his way, he said "for sure Stalin's dream will never come true and it will end up as a pipe dream".

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