Agitated DMK MLAs evicted and suspended for a week in Tamil Nadu assembly

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New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2016 3:59:19 PM

Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal today suspended all DMK MLAs for a week for continuous disruption of proceedings after the party members strongly protested against remarks made by the ruling AIADMK members

The incident took place during an on-going debate on demands for grants for the Housing and IT departments (PTI)The incident took place during an on-going debate on demands for grants for the Housing and IT departments (PTI)

Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal today suspended all DMK MLAs for a week for continuous disruption of proceedings after the party members strongly protested against remarks made by the ruling AIADMK members.

AIADMK member S Gunasekaran allegedly attempted to mock opposition leader MK Stalin by commenting on his ‘Namaku Naame’ (mass contact programme) tour ahead of the assembly elections in May. This enraged the DMK members and lead to en masse suspension for one week. The eviction was ordered after the speaker rejected the demand of DMK MLAs to expunge the remarks made against the DMK treasurer MK Stalin.

The incident took place during an on-going debate on demands for grants for the Housing and IT departments. Since Gunasekaran did not mention the name of the opposition leader, the speaker rejected DMK’s appeal to expunge the remarks. He said that the MLA did not make any reference to anyone while making the comment.

‘Namakku Naame’ programme is an initiative taken by M K Stalin where he has extensively toured Tamil Nadu and interacted with the people. Stalin also said that he is proud that his initiative was mentioned during an assembly debate. Some of his later remarks were expunged by the speaker. Despite repeated pleas, the assembly could not continue with the proceedings of the debate and therefore, Dhanapal ordered eviction of the agitated DMK members.

 

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