Refusal of entry to a dhoti-clad Judge of the Madras High Court at a club here has stoked a controversy, with political parties including DMK condemning the incident, as CPI(M) vowed to take up the issue in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, which is in session on Monday.
The Madras High Court directed police to register a case against DMDK chief and Opposition Leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly Vijayakant, if a cognizable offence is made out on a complaint against him for using "Captain" before his name.
As Congress legislators engaged in a war of words with Left party MLAs, use of pepper spray by MPs in Parliament became a topic of discussion in the budget session of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Amid opposition from the various political outfits, including DMK`s M Karunanidhi, over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to Sri Lanka to participate in CHOGM later this month, CPI leader D Raja on Saturday said the Centre should not undermine or ignore the unanimous resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly and should take decision accordingly.
Ratcheting up pressure over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu Assembly today adopted a strongly-worded resolution asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and slap sanctions on it while demanding a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam.
Opposition DMDK members were Friday evicted en masse from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after they came to blows with a rebel MLA, who had last year called on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa much to the chagrin of the party leadership.
The DMDK ship will sail smoothly even if 28 legislators jettison it as the people are behind the Captain - the sobriquet for actor and party leader A Vijayakant - a senior party official said Saturday.