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Assembly witnesses noisy scenes over Sri Lankan Tamils issue

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MDMK and CPI members evicted from the House

CHENNAI: A walkout by Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue even as proceedings began in the Assembly and eviction of MDMK and Communist Party of India members over the same issue led to noisy scenes in the House on Thursday.

Even as the session began, MDMK floor leader M. Kannappan was on his feet demanding that the Assembly take up the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. Speaker R. Avudaiappan ruled that nothing could be taken up during question hour and that any issue may be raised during zero hour.

Mr. Kannappan later said that since the demand for debate on the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils was not conceded, his party was staging a walkout. They came back later. During zero hour, C.Gnanasekharan (Congress) raised through a special mention, the issue of his party MLAs and its offices being attacked by some fringe elements. He said that in the garb of advocates some people were trying to create trouble in the State. The police often remained mute spectators.

At the end of his submission, PMK’s T. Velmurugan, CPI’s V. Sivapunniyam and MDMK members demanded a chance to speak. This was not conceded. Mr. Velmurugan, the party’s whip, led a walkout in the absence of party president G.K. Mani.

CPI and MDMK members continued to raise slogans inside the House. When they refused to heed repeated requests from the Speaker, he ordered their eviction.

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