AIADMK’s official strength of 134, there are 11 dissidents including former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. On Friday, former Chennai Police Commissioner R. Natraj, the AIADMK’s Mylapore constituency MLA, decided to throw in his lot with Panneerselvam.
Nonetheless, the AIADMK whip S. Rajendiran issued a directive to all party MLAs to attend the Assembly and vote in favour of the motion.
The need for moving a confidence motion arose after a group of MLAs declared support to Panneerselvam, who now heads the rebel AIADMK.
2.54 p.m.: TV channels show footage showing Stalin coming out of the Assembly with his shirt open.
2.52 p.m.: Huge posse of police personnel march in, Dennis S. Jesudasan reports.
2.51 p.m.: Another ambulance enters Fort St George, reports our correspondent Aloysius Xavier Lopez.