New Tamil Nadu chief wins bitter confidence vote
Feb 20, 2017-The new chief minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state has won a confidence vote in the regional assembly, hours after legislators came to blows over a bitterly fought leadership contest. Shouting slogans, legislators disrupted the assembly ahead of the vote on Saturday, ripping out microphones and breaking chairs as Edappadi Palanisamy, who was recently sworn in as Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, sought a majority for his government in a bid to cement his position. The death of Palanisamy’s predecessor Jayalalithaa Jayaram triggered a battle over succession, with her close aide Sasikala hauled off to prison for graft just as she was on the verge of becoming chief minister of the southern state, clearing the way for Palanisamy to take the reins on Thursday. The 63-year-old secured his majority by winning 122 votes in the 234-member state assembly.
Published: 20-02-2017 08:25