TN Assembly revokes suspension of nine AIADMK MLAs
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 16:13
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly Tuesday revoked suspension of nine AIADMK MLAs, following a plea from Chief Minister M Karunanidhi "to let bygones be bygones".

They had been suspended from the House yesterday till the end of the session on January 13 for disrupting the address of the Governor on Friday.

Replying to Nanmaran (CPI-M) and CPI floor leader V Sivapunniyam, who pleaded for the suspension to be revoked, Karunanidhi said these parties did not plead for 10 DMK MLAs, including general secretary K Anbazhagan, who were disqualified from Assembly membership in 1986 by then Speaker PH Pandiyan.

"We did not make a big fuss then like the opposition MLAs did yesterday. We were calm," Karunanidhi said.

DMK MLAs were disqualified for participating in an agitation by the party, burning handwritten copies of a constitutional article, making Hindi official language of the country.

"The Communists' argument that the suspended MLAs should be allowed to perform their democratic rights applied to us (then). When our MLAs were disqualified, the same parties did not plead our case, probably because they had the faith that we can face any challenges," he said.

Quoting Pandiyan's ruling then, Karunanidhi said "the Speaker has got ample powers. Legislature is a democratic institution and supreme".

Karunanidhi said the AIADMK MLAs action was not only against the Governor's address but also against the Governor.

Even as the Chief Minister was speaking, AIADMK and CPI-M MLAs, who staged a walkout earlier demanding revocation of suspension, entered the House.

Sivapunniyam made one more appeal at this juncture and Karunanidhi said the CPI leader had been arguing that practice of the House was to revoke the suspension.

"The argument is not correct and a Himalayan mistake. The membership of our disqualified MLAs were not restored then," he said but in the present case the suspension could be revoked.

"Let bygones be bygones and let the future be good. If the MLAs are prepared to attend the House, we are prepared to forget and forgive," Karunanidhi said.

After the Chief Minister's remarks, Deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin moved a resolution revoking the suspension which was passed by the House. The MLAs can now attend the session tomorrow and the day after when it concludes.

Slogan shouting AIADMK-led opposition members were evicted from the House en masse on Friday when they tried to disrupt the Governor's address by raising corruption issues, including 2G spectrum scam.


First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 16:13

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