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Stalin leads DMK into hunger strike; protests trust vote decision

DMK Working President MK Stalin led his party into a day-long hunger strike on Wednesday, protesting against the recent happenings in the Tamil Nadu assembly. The hunger strike was held at Tiruchirapalli, which is roughly 350 kilometers from Chennai. Similar strikes were held in other parts of Tamil Nadu by other leaders of DMK.

The protests are primarily against the decisions that were taken on February 18, when Chief Minister E Palaniswami was called to prove majority in the assembly. At that time, the DMK had demanded that the confidence vote should be conducted through a secret ballot. The party had also suggested the alternative to postpone the trust vote by a week. However, these requests were denied by the Speaker P Dhanapal, which had led to protests and violence inside the assembly.

At that time, the protestors were evicted from the house by security personnel. After their eviction, Chief Minister Palaniswami was able to win the trust vote, paving the way for the formation of the government in Tamil Nadu. Palaniswami won the trust vote with 122 votes in his favor. 11 votes were cast against him, which came from O Panneerselvam camp. The Panneerselvam camp claims itself to be the real AIADMK.

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