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Privilege move against Jaya

Tamil Nadu Local Administration Minister MK Stalin moves a privilege issue against Jayalalithaa, a day after the former chief minister alleged he was behind a plot to kill her, reports GC Shekhar.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2007 03:12 IST
GC Shekhar

Tamil Nadu Local Administration Minister MK Stalin moved a privilege issue against AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in the Assembly on Thursday, a day after the former chief minister alleged he was behind a plot to kill her.

Speaker R Avudiappan referred the issue to the privileges committee, averring there was prima facie evidence of breach of privilege.

Reading out a statement after Question Hour, Stalin said Jayalalithaa, at a press meet on Wednesday, had charged him with plotting to kill her before the next Assembly election.

This report was published in many newspapers and reported by many TV channels. “Whenever she is in the Opposition, it has become customary for Jayalalithaa to level such allegations, which only reflects her phobia. Since she has said it outside, I am ready to face her allegations in court,” Stalin said.

He then sought the Speaker’s permission to move a privilege issue against Jayalalithaa, Jaya TV and two Tamil evening papers, Makkal Kural and Namathu MGR, that had reported her speech verbatim.

Stalin’s speech was interrupted by slogan-shouting AIADMK MLAs, who rushed into the well of the House and squatted there. The Speaker ordered their eviction after Stalin completed his speech. This led to more chaos as the MLAs resisted and even assaulted Assembly staff. One MLA removed the cap of a staff member and flung it at the Speaker while some tried to push a table while being pulled out of the House. Later, a resolution was moved suspending AIADMK MLAs for the rest of the session that ends on Monday.