Tamil Nadu speaker suspends 88 DMK MLAs

tamilnadu-dmlTamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal suspended 89 DMK MLAs for a week from the Assembly for continuous disruption of proceedings today.

Trouble erupted during the debate on demands for grants for the Housing and IT departments when AIADMK member S Gunasekaran, without naming Stalin, made some remarks about the ‘Namakku Naame’ programme undertaken by the DMK Treasurer in the run up to this year’s assembly election. The remarks about the programme triggered strong objection from the DMK members who wanted the Speaker to expunge them.

DMK Deputy Leader Durai Murugan said Namakku Naame was an initiative of Stalin and therefore the remarks refer only to him and sought their expunction. DMK members stood up and opposed, they did not heed speakers repeated pleas . Speaker summoned the marshals to evict the agitating MLAs.

Later, the government moved a resolution suspending the DMK members for a week which was passed by a voice vote.