`Body language` remark: DMK walkout from Assembly

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.

PTI



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

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