Following a huge ruckus in Tamil Nadu Assembly, Opposition DMK members suspended en masse for a week by the Speaker P Dhanapal.
During the debate on the demand for grants for Information Technology and Housing and Urban Development departments, ruling AIADMK MLA Gunasekaran indirectly referred to the “Namakku Naame’ programme launched by leader of the Opposition M K Stalin (DMK) in the run up to the May 16 Assembly elections and made some remarks.
When the DMK members pressed for expunging the remarks, the Speaker said the AIADMK MLA made only a general remark and did not mention any one by name and hence it need not be expunged.
They were evicted en masse. Watch and ward staff carried Stalin and took him away. Following their eviction, Finance Minister and Leader of the House O. Panneerselvam moved a resolution seeking the suspension of all DMK legislators alleging that they were disrupting the proceedings. Accepting this, Speaker P. Dhanapal ordered the suspension of the DMK MLAs week.
Speaking to reporters, Stalin said outside the House that the eviction and suspension of the DMK MLAs was a planned action to prevent them from raising issues during the demand for debate for grants to the Home Department, which is being handled by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Various television channels have been playing visuals of DMK treasurer M K Stalin being carried out of the Assembly by marshals, in what looks like scenes of high drama.