Tamil Nadu Assembly meets with Governor’s address

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly session commenced today, with the customary New Year address to the House by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

This is the third address to the House by Purohit after he took over as the Governor in October 2017. The session is expected to generate more heat as the Opposition led by the DMK would be raising a host of issues, including the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Last week, DMK president and Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin submitted to the Assembly Secretary a copy of his private resolution to be tabled in the House, urging the Centre to withdraw the CAA.

Besides this, the rural local body poll results, the long-pending decision of the Governor on the State government’s proposal to release seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, exemption for Tamil Nadu from NEET-based medical admissions and the State topping the good governance index are likely to be debated.

The DMK and its alliance parties along with several Muslim outfits, which had staged a massive rally condemning the CAA and demanded that it should be repealoed, was expected to target the ruling AIADMK for supporting it in Rajya Sabha.

The Opposition was also expected to raise the issue regarding the delay in the release of seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case by the Governor even after the State Cabinet’s resolution was forwarded to the Raj Bhavan.