MK Stalin stages walkout in Tamil Nadu Assembly over anti-Sterlite protests; govt asks DMK to approach inquiry commission

Chennai: The Opposition DMK on Thursday staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after being denied permission to raise some issue on the anti-Sterlite protests in Tuticorin, with the state government asking the former to approach the one-man inquiry commission in this regard.

After allowing the Leader of Opposition MK Stalin to make some remarks on the issue, Speaker P Dhanapal later said the comments were related to the commission and expunged all of the DMK leader's statement.

File image of DMK's working president MK Stalin. PTI

File image of DMK leader MK Stalin. PTI

Miffed over not being allowed to talk, Stalin announced staging a walkout with his colleagues joining him.

However, his party allies Congress and IUML stayed back.

Later, Chief Minister K Palaniswami asked the main opposition party to approach the one-man commission headed by retired Madras High Court judge Aruna Jagadeesan and submit whatever matter they wanted to before it.

Noting that a case pertaining to the issue was pending in the Madras High Court, Palaniswami said it was a normal practice not to debate matters that were subjudice, in the House.

Quoting the Assembly rules, the Speaker said no discussion would be held on matters being probed by an inquiry commission.

Thirteen people were killed in police firing on 22-23 May when violence broke out during protest by locals demanding closure of Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin district over pollution issues.

The Tamil Nadu government had last month appointed a one-person Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court to probe the violence in Tuticorin.

The inquiry will cover the "law and order incidents following the siege of the District Collectorate by thousands of persons violating prohibitory orders," an official release had said.


Updated Date: Jun 07, 2018 12:57 PM

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