DMDK members evicted from Tamil Nadu Assembly

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 14:57

Chennai: Opposition DMDK members, including
their leader Vijayakanth, were on Wednesday evicted from Tamil Nadu
Assembly after a fiery verbal exchange between him and Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa, who dubbed his conduct as "obnoxious"
and regretted the tie-up with his party in the assembly polls.

A war of words erupted between AIADMK and DMDK over hike
in bus fares and milk prices last year, which soon turned into
a one-on-one clash between Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth with
members on either side up on their feet, causing noisy scenes.

The AIADMK chief slammed Vijayakanth for his "lowly act" as
he made some gestures at treasury benches and said she
regretted joining hands with DMDK for the Assembly polls.

Speaker D Jayakumar referred the behaviour of the
opposition to the Privileges Committee.

"The behaviour of the opposition leader was obnoxious and
it shows what happens if unqualified persons happen to reach
top positions", the AIADMK supremo said, in a scathing attack
on Vijayakanth, an actor-turned-politician who heads DMDK.

Jayalalithaa said even without DMDK`s support, AIADMK
would have won last year`s Assembly elections as people had
made up their mind to end the DMK regime.

She said while she was not prepared for an alliance with
DMDK, it was fortunate enough to strike a deal with AIADMK
helping it to secure 29 seats and the status of the principal
opposition party.

Jayalalithaa said though she did not have the "slightest
inclination" for the alliance, she had bowed to her partymen`s
desire for it. "I regret joining hands with them", she said.

The Speaker later ordered eviction of all DMK members
saying their behaviour was not in line with the ethos of the
House and referred the matter to the privileges committee.

AIADMK and DMDK had parted ways during the civic polls.


First Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 14:57

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