The decision by Assembly speaker P Dhanapal to suspend DMK MLAs for one week led to protests, with DMK cadre burning the Speaker’s effigy at various places.
The DMK announced that party president M. Karunanidhi will address a meeting at Mint Street in Chennai on August 22 to highlight the “plight of democracy” in the Assembly.
Incidentally, the meeting will be held on the day Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will reply to the demand on debate for grants for the Police Department.
DMK MLAs have been suspended from the Tamil Nadu Assembly for a week by Speaker Dhanapal on Wednesday leading to dramatic scenes of opposition leader M K Stalin being forcibly carried out by marshals.
The action followed heated arguments between DMK and AIADMK MLAs in the House after one of the AIADMK MLAs criticised Stalin’s nine-month long ‘Namukku Naame,’ a statewide road trip he organised ahead of last Assembly election.
On Tuesday, annoyed over frequent interventions by Ministers during the speeches of his party members in the Assembly, DMK Deputy Floor Leader M. Duraimurugan urged Speaker to allow his party members to complete their speech before Ministers were permitted to intervene.