Chennai: Members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly
have been banned from carrying mobile phones inside the house
following a directive from Speaker D Jayakumar.
The Speaker informed the Assembly that usage of
cellphones is being banned for all, including ministers, MLAs
and journalists and that separate lockers have been installed
for members to deposit their phones before entering the house.
He said pay phones had been installed at different
places, including the cafeteria and members lounges. MLAs
would be provided smart cards with talk value valid for a
The move assumes significance in the wake of some members
in Karnataka and Gujarat assemblies being caught watching porn
on their cellphones during proceedings.
Last year, the mobile phone of DMK MLA T R B Raja, son of
party MP T R Baalu was confiscated allegedly for recording
house proceedings during a fracas betwen arch rivals DMK and