TN Speaker P Dhanpal refuses to revoke the suspension order of 80 DMK legislators from the assembly
Speaker P Dhanapal on Friday once again ruled out reconsidering the suspension of DMK MLAs on Wednesday for allegedly creating a ruckus in the House, even as the suspended legislators continued to protest the action
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal on Friday once again ruled out reconsidering the suspension of DMK MLAs on Wednesday for allegedly creating a ruckus in the House, even as the suspended legislators continued to protest the action.
Led by Opposition Leader MK Stalin and DMK Deputy Leader Durai Murugan, the suspended DMK MLAs staged a 'model assembly' session outside the House.
The Speaker, responding to pleas by DMK's KN Nehru, who was not among those suspended since he was not present in the House on 17 August, made it clear that there was no reviewing of his decision to suspend the agitating DMK legislators for a
"I was very patient that day and had to finally take action," he said about his decision to suspend the MLAs, even as DMK found support from allies, Congress and IUML, who also sought revoking the suspension order.
Seven of the nine non-suspended DMK legislators, who were not present in the House on Wednesday, along with Congress and IUML members subsequently staged a walkout.
Dhanapal on Thursday had refused to revoke the en masse suspension of 80 DMK members. The suspended members had staged a protest outside the House and their colleagues inside twice staged a walkout over the issue.
Later, speaking to reporters , Stalin said the suspended MLAs had held a 'model assembly' where they were informed in advance that only people's issues should be discussed and nothing else.
The 'model assembly' was led by Durai Murugan as 'Speaker', he added.
Stalin reiterated his demand for live broadcast of Assembly proceedings, saying that will help in identifying on who "committed mistakes."
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