Take action on Stalin’s complaint, governor tells speaker, CS

Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asked the Speaker and the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu to take “appropriate action” on the complaint lodged by opposition leader and DMK working president MK Stalin over the alleged horse trading indulged in by the AIADMK ahead of the February trust vote in the Assembly.

The governor’s action comes two days after the DMK-led opposition knocked on the doors of Raj Bhavan with a plea for a fresh vote of confidence, besides a probe by the CBI and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) or the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to “unearth the money trail and offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act”.

Stalin, accompanied by leaders of DMK’s alliance partners, Congress and IUML, called on the Governor on Friday to hand over the CD containing visuals of AIADMK legislators SS Saravanan and R Kanagaraj, now in the rebel and ruling factions of the party respectively, speaking about the money and gold promised ahead of the confidence vote that Chief Minister Palaniswami had won.

The DMK memorandum and the CD were also referred to Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, a Raj Bhavan statement said.

“As per the direction of the Governor, a copy of the memorandum and the CD were referred to the Speaker (P Dhanapal) and the Chief Secretary (Girija Vaidyanathan) for appropriate action,” said the statement from the Raj Bhavan on Monday.

The development comes against the backdrop of the speaker today ruling that the CD submitted by the DMK, alleging horse-trading involving certain AIADMK MLAs, only contained footage aired by a TV channel and thus, could not be regarded as evidence.