DMK stages walkout in protest against Speaker P Dhanpal

This comes days after DMK working president MK Stalin met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to nullify the February 18 floor test and dismiss the Edappadi Palaniswami government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2017 12:51 pm
DMK working president M K Stalin. (file photo)

The DMK staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after Speaker P Dhanpal refused to read out the Governor’s instructions seeking an explanation on the horse-trading charges raised by the party.

This comes days after the DMK working president MK Stalin met the Governor and urged him to nullify the February 18 floor test and dismiss the government. Demanding a fresh floor test, the Opposition, led by the DMK, alleged that a faction of the AIADMK was involved in “horse-trading” to firm up support for the Palaniswami government.

Last week, the issue triggered a storm in the assembly with Speaker Dhanpal refusing to allow discussion on the issue. Citing previous House precedents, Dhanpal claimed that a debate cannot be allowed based on media reports. A sting operation by a TV channel purportedly showed a few AIADMK MLAs accepting money in exchange for their support. The assembly proceeding were repeatedly disrupted ever since the House convened on July 14. DMK lawmakers were even evicted from the assembly after they protested against the issue. They staged a walkout for the next two days.

On Tuesday, AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran met jailed party general secretary Sasikala in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara prison. The two reportedly discussed about the stalled merger talks with the O Panneerselvam faction and the upcoming presidential election. Sasikala is yet to take a call on how the AIADMK would vote in the July 17 election.

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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Jun 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    DMK Leader Stalin is trying various methods to get the attention of the people of TN but none is working in favour of him. As an experienced MLA he should have known that based on Media reports Debates can't be allowed in the TN Assembly and then why he is creating flutter unnecessarily or is it to show his frustration that having around 100 MLAs nothing can be done and in that case why not another fresh No Confidence Motion against the present Govt. nd is there any time restrictions are there between two NO Confidence Votes is the query ???
    1. T
      Jun 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm
      none of the members of the house including Stalin want the dissolution of the house leading to mid term election so the NCM moved by Stalin will be defeated.