‘Cash-for-vote’: Drama in Tamil Nadu assembly, DMK’s Stalin evicted from house
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‘Cash-for-vote’: Drama in Tamil Nadu assembly, DMK’s Stalin evicted from house

After his eviction the leader of the opposition sits on a dharna outside the assembly.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 22:31 IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Speaker P Dhanpal orders eviction of DMK Working President M K Stalin from the assembly after party legislators hold “mock auction” of MLAs inside the house. (PTI file photo)

High drama erupted in Tamil Nadu assembly on Wednesday with opposition DMK holding “mock auction” of MLAs and demanding to raise the issue of alleged horse-trading of legislators by the ruling AIADMK ahead of the February 18 trust vote.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Tuesday moved the Madras high court seeking a CBI probe into the alleged bribing of AIADMK legislators ahead of the floor test.

The party approached the court after a media sting operation caught on tape two legislators from the rival faction of the ruling party claiming they were offered money and gold to support chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during the trust vote.

As soon as the assembly convened, the DMK legislators started shouting slogans, demanding to raise the issue. Amid the ruckus, speaker P Dhanpal ordered eviction of party’s working president and leader of the opposition MK Stalin, rejecting the DMK’s demand.

Stalin sat on a dharna outside the main road opposite Fort St George that houses the secretariat and assembly complex, soon after marshals evicted him from the house.

Later, Stalin was picked up by the police and taken to the nearest police station.

The impromptu demonstration blocked traffic on the busy main road of the city as all the DMK MLAs trooped out of the assembly to join their leader on the street.

The Congress and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislators also staged a walk out and joined Stalin in his protest.

The speaker disallowed the discussion on the subject, saying he could not act on matters that were reported in media and shown on television.

Later briefing media outside the assembly, Stalin demanded immediate dissolution of the assembly to hold fresh elections as the latest “disclosure” by the two legislators exposed how the trust vote was a mockery of democracy.

“The government must resign immediately as it has lost all moral and legal right to continue in office,” he said, criticizing speaker’s action of not allowing a discussion on a “serious issue raised by the opposition.”

“There must also be a CBI probe into the sting operation carried out by media about the sale of MLAs,” he reiterated.

Palaniswami had won the February trust vote after opposition DMK legislators were thrown out for unprecedented violence and Congress MLAs walked of the assembly.

First Published: Jun 14, 2017 13:36 IST