DMK demands CBI probe into ‘cash for MLA’ sting, protests outside Tamil Nadu Assembly

M K Stalin and a few members of the DMK were later detained by the Tamil Nadu Police. "This Tamil Nadu Government headed by Edappadi K Palaniswami should be dissolved," Stalin told reporters.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2017 1:21 pm
M Karunanidhi, dmk, M Karunanidhi's 94th birthday, aiadmk, stalin, m stalin, india news, latest news “This Tamil Nadu Government headed by Edappadi K Palaniswami should be dissolved,” Stalin told reporters. (file photo)

DMK MLAs, led by working president M K Stalin, staged a sit-in protest outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday after Speaker P Dhanpal refused to allow a discussion on allegations that the Sasikala camp offered money to AIADMK MLAs for their support in February’s Trust Vote. Palanisamy had won the trust vote after on the back of support offered by 122 AIADMK legislators.

Stalin and a few members of the DMK were later detained by the state police after being evicted from the House. “This Tamil Nadu Government headed by Edappadi K Palaniswami should be dissolved. Speaker forcibly evicted us from the assembly, this is a murder of democracy. I raised matter in assembly and sought explanation from the 2 MLAs in the sting. Also demanded a CBI probe, but we were evicted,” Stalin told reporters.

On Wednesday, the assembly convened to discuss the Good and Services Tax Bill ahead of its July 1 roll-out. Finance Minster D Jayakumar tabled the bill and it was passed successfully. Later, Stalin raised the issue of the sting operation carried by Times Now in which AIADMK MLA Saravanan was heard saying that he was offered between Rs 2 crore to Rs 6 crore for his support. Saying that the matter was “subjudice”, Speaker Dhanpal did not allow the House to take it up for discussion, saying there was no major proof to substantiate it as it only came out in the media.

Meanwhile, the O Pannerselvam camp sought an explanation from South Madurai MLA Saravanan, who sensationally escaped from a resort in which most of the party MLAs supporting Sasikala were camping. “Lawmaker Saravanan in the sting operation gave some explanation. We have demanded the same explanation from him,” O. Panneerselvam said.

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  1. G
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    Come what may. We will never again allow this tainted family to grab power. This is another father, son, daughter party with lots of chamchaas to loot the state and nation. AIADMK is far far better even they have been bribed. Let them make some money instead of DMK buffoons who have trillions of scandal money
    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Jun 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm
      With a strong line up of Opposition MLAs including the so called Congress, DMK Leader failed to act and why he is not vociferous and he is unable to do anything whereas with Lesser MLAs during MGR times the same DMK forced the Assembly at standstill and the general public wanted to know what post Stalin holds - Working President of DMK or Retired President and unable to to what DMK is supposed to do to turn to their advantage ????
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