TN assembly adjourns sine die
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 18:17
  
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday amid acrimonious scenes with three AIADMK MLA’s tearing copies of interim budget, attracting breach of privilege and the party staging a walk-out.

The principal opposition party also hinted that its party chief J Jayalalithaa may not make the New Legislative Assembly complex, also housing the Upper House and the Secretariat, her seat of power in the event of winning elections, due in May.

Participating in the debate on the interim budget, Deputy Leader of the AIADMK Legislature, O Panneerselvam said the ruling DMK will face defeat in the elections due to various issues including its alleged failure to control price rise and power crisis.

"AIADMK will return to power and our party chief (Jayalalithaa) will come back as Chief Minister at St.George's Fort", he said.

After having long served as the seat of power in Tamil Nadu, the British-built St George's Fort was bid adieu last year when the Assembly session was held at the New Assembly complex, whose construction is yet to be completed.

A project said to be close to the heart of DMK president and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the then over Rs 500 crore complex was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in March 2010.

Jayalalithaa, also the Opposition Leader in the Assembly, had not attended a single day's proceedings there even as she had criticised the building for its lack of aesthetics.

On Monday, the AIADMK had moved a resolution seeking the House's permission to abstain her for the last session of the present Assembly on health grounds and that she required 'complete rest'.

Responding to Panneerselvam's remarks that the DMK will lose in the elections, Finance Minister K Anbazhagan said "when the party members of a leader who is taking rest thinking she can win, why not the DMK whose leader (Karunanidhi) is active and performing", drawing strong protests from AIADMK members.

He was wrapping up the debate on the interim budget.

For a while, the DMK and AIADMK members sparred on this matter with the latter subsequently walking out.

Later, Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin moved a resolution saying that three AIADMK members- D Jayakumar, K Hari and AK Bose, had torn copies of the interim budget which he described "are against the ethos of the House" and breach of privilege.

However, the House pardoned them, he said in the resolution which was adopted by a voice vote.

The House was later adjourned since die following a resolution moved by Anbazhagan and adopted by the House.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 18:17


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