The DMK members in the State Assembly were evicted en masse on Friday following a heated argument with Speaker P Dhanapal over a remark made by AIADMK member GV Markandeyan.
The House witnessed noisy scenes and the proceedings were stalled for 12 minutes as the DMK MLAs surrounded the podium of the Speaker and demanded that the remarks made by Markandeyan be removed.
Moving the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the House, the AIADMK member referred to the recent charge of DMK president M Karunanidhi against his elder son MK Alagiri. He said instead of lodging a complaint with the police, the DMK chief had gone to the media. Had he lodged the complaint, the State police would have taken action on it.
Stoutly protesting this, DMK members were on their feet to expunge the remark since it had no connection with the Governor’s address. DMK deputy leader Durai Murugan made a remark which was expunged by the Speaker. Leader of the House O Panneerselvam said the charge made Karunanidhi had been telecast across the globe and everyone knew about it.
As such, there was no need for expunging the remarks of Markandeyan. Following this, the DMK members were seen arguing with Speaker.
At one point of time, DMK legislator SS Sivasankaran tore the copy of the Governor’s address and made heated remarks against the Speaker. After a couple of warnings, the Speaker ordered the eviction of all DMK members. Later, the Leader of the House moved a resolution stating that Sivasankaran had behaved in an unruly manner and to prevent these kind of incidents in future, the member should be suspended for the rest of the session. The Speaker then announced the suspension of Sivasankaran.
Boycott by DMDK
DMDK MLAs boycotted the proceedings of the House protesting the short duration of the current session.
The House paid homage to five of its former members — S V Varadharajan, N Palanivel, S Retnaraj, A Karuppiah and C Durairaj — who passed away recently.