TN Assembly Speaker hits out at Karuna

DMK president Karunanidhi had charged that opposition leader Vijayakanth`s suspension from House showed ruling AIADMK`s "anti-democratic rule."

Chennai: Maintaining that due procedure was
followed in suspension of opposition leader Vijayakanth of
DMDK from the House, Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker D Jayakumar
on Wednesday slammed DMK president M Karunanidhi for charging that
the action showed ruling AIADMK`s "anti-democratic rule."

The action of Vijayakanth, making some gestures at the
ruling benches in the course of a heated exchange with Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa in the House last week, was referred
to the Privilege Committee comprising members from all parties
including DMK, Jayakumar said.

"He was given an opportunity to make an explanation before
the Committee though he rejected it. The Privilege Committee
members accepted that his behaviour did not keep to the ethos
of the House," the Speaker said in a statement here.

Under such circumstances, Karunanidhi`s statement was
"regrettable and condemnable," he said adding the DMK leader
was trying to score political mileage out of the issue by
linking it with the government and this was "mischievous."

He recalled that in 2007, during the DMK regime, then
opposition AIADMK MLA AK Bose was suspended for 10 days over
two sessions for allegedly creating ruckus.

"Bose was not allowed to explain his position unlike in
the case of Vijayakanth and Karunanidhi, who was Chief
Minister then, had supported the suspension saying it would
help in upholding democracy in the future." Jayakumar said.


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