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TN to get back upper house of state assembly

The new DMK Govt has decided to revive the Legislative Council in TN, which was abolished 20 years ago.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 13:42 IST

The new DMK government in Tamil Nadu has decided to revive the Legislative Council, the upper house of the state assembly, which was abolished 20 years ago.

Governor SS Barnala in his inaugural address to the state assembly said on Wednesday that steps would be taken for the necessary constitutional amendment to revive the Council.

The ruling DMK, in its manifesto, had promised to revive the upper house, which was abolished in 1986 when the AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran was the chief minister.

The Council was abolished soon after a nominated member Veniradai Nirmala, a film actress, could not take oath as she was declared insolvent by a court.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was a member of the Council then and chances of the DMK winning more seats reserved for local bodies in the upper house had become bright as the party had won a large number of seats in civic polls.