Stalin evicted from House, 80 DMK members suspended

Stalin evicted from House, 80 DMK members suspended

Stalin evicted from House, 80 DMK members suspended

More than 80 opposition DMK legislators in Tamil Nadu were suspended from attending the Assembly session for one week for creating ruckus and stalling the proceedings of the House on Wednesday.

The DMK members, led by M K Stalin, were also en masse evicted from the House after they shouted slogans against the AIADMK MLA’s statement with regard to Stalin’s road show during the recent Assembly polls.

Soon after DMK members were evicted, leader of the House and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam moved a resolution seeking suspension of opposition MLAs saying that they were continuously disturbing the House proceedings.

Following this, Speaker P Dhanapal said the DMK members, who were present in the Wednesday’s session, were suspended for one week. Accordingly, DMK members will not participate in the Assembly activities for seven working days.

Most of DMK members, including Stalin who was also physically removed, staged a brief sit-in before being finally taken out of the House.

Speaking to reporters, Stalin said that the ruling AIADMK has planned to prevent DMK MLAs from participating in debates, especially those on the Home Department, which is being held by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Mekedatu issue

Earlier, the DMK also staged a walkout from the Assembly after they were denied permission to raise the Mekedatu issue following an announce- ment by the Karnataka chief minister in this regard.

DMK deputy leader Duraimurugan wanted to raise the issue by referring to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s announcement during his Independence Day address that a new reservoir would be constructed at Mekedatu across river Cauvery and a 400 MW hydel power project would also come up there.

With Speaker P Dhanapal refusing permission, DMK members staged a walkout from the House.

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