`Body language` remark: DMK walkout from Assembly
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 13:23
Chennai: The opposition DMK on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly following a 'body language' comment against its senior leader and former minister Duraimurugan by the ruling AIADMK.

Trouble arose when AIADMK member Manoharan made some remarks against DMK during Question Hour, to which a DMK member protested, saying such allegations should not be levelled during the Question Hour.

Municipal Administration minister K P Munuswamy intervened and objected to the 'body language' of Duraimurugan, seated in the front row and took it up with speaker D Jayakumar.

Though Duraimurugan and other DMK members sought to reply, their pleas were turned down by the Speaker, resulting in the opposition party protesting vociferously. AIADMK members retaliated in kind.

Meanwhile, Leader of the House O Panneerselvam intervened and charged DMK benches with starting the trouble, which again drew protests from DMK members.

Later another AIADMK member Valarmathy slammed Duraimurugan, saying he was responsible among others, for 'insulting' Chief Minister Jayalalitha many years back when she was in the opposition and he, therefore, cannot talk about ethos.

DMK once again demanded that they be allowed to respond and asked the Speaker to expunge Valarmathi's remarks, which he declined. Subsequently, DMK members led by party legislature leader M K Stalin staged a walkout.


First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 13:23

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