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DMK on hunger strike; no-confidence motion against Speaker
Protesting against the forcible eviction of its MLAs during the trust vote on February 18, DMK leaders have decided to go on hunger strike for a day on Wednesday.

DMK working president M K Stalin took the decision after consulting with party MLAs on February 19. Stalin will be participating in the hunger strike from Tiruchi.

Edappadi has been declared the CM of the state after he won the vote of confidence. But before the confidence motion could be passed, DMK MLAs were evicted from the party. In the confidence motion Edappadi Palaniswamy won by 122 votes in favour and 11 against.

Displaying his torn shirt and alleging that he was roughed up by party members, Stalin told media, "We repeatedly appealed to the speaker for a secret ballot, but he refused to address our plea."

DMK has now submitted a letter to Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen for a No-Confidence Motion against Speaker P Dhanapal

"During the session on February 18, the Speaker acted with ulterior motives. On that basis, given that there is no confidence on him, we have submitted the letter seeking a No-Confidence Motion against him," Stalin had said.

DMK has also filed a petition in Madras High Court pleading that the trust vote was unconstitutional. The court is scheduled to hear the plea today.

DMK's hunger strike has also received support from from the ruling Congress in Puducherry which had called the sequence of events on Feb 18 a "murder of democracy". 

Puducherry PWD Minister and PCC president A Namassivayam also announced the party's support to the hunger strike.

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