I am keen to implement prohibition, Karunanidhi not: Jayalalithaa

I am keen to implement prohibition, Karunanidhi not: Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa today informed the Assembly that the government led by her would sure bring prohibition in the state in phased manner.

Intervening during the reply on debate on demands for grants for electricity and excise departments, she said it was DMK president M Karunanidhi who lifted prohibition and allowed liquor trade in Tamil Nadu. She said he was disinterested to bring prohibition.

Earlier, DMK members came to the Assembly by wearing black badges to protest yesterday’s incident. They also staged a walkout today, protesting the chief minister’s remarks on prohibition.

DMK on Wednesday stalled the Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings following a ‘scarecrow’ remark by an AIADMK MLA, prompting the Speaker to defer the reply of state Electricity Minister on grants for his department for Thursday, even as the DMK staged a protest against the remark.

Soon after DMK MLAs came inside the Hall after walk out, remarks by an AIADMK legislator Muthaiah triggered huge furore. As the ruling party MLA made a remark, DMK members protested strongly, alleging that it was aimed at their leaders.

Taking a strong view of DMK legislators repeated attempts to raise objections over an issue, Speaker P. Dhanapal on Tuesday warned the former not to teach him the rules of the House, as he was elected to the State Legislative Assembly as early as 1977.

Dhanapal ruled that the remarks were not unparliamentary or abusive, did not point at anybody and made it clear there would be no review of his verdict.