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DMK, Cong boycott TN Governor's maiden address in wake of floor test

Stalin said that despite repeated requests, the Governor was not taking a decision on the need for a floor test

IANS  |  Chennai 

DMK Working President MK Stalin. Photo: PTI
MK Stalin. Photo: PTI

The and on Monday boycotted inaugural address to the Assembly and their MLAs trooped out of the House after accusing him of letting a "minority" remain in office.

The DMK, along with the Congress, demanded an immediate floor test in the legislature.

As soon as Purohit addressed the MLAs with a 'Vanakkam" in Tamil, the opposition legislators began raising slogans. In no time, the MLAs walked out, led by their leader M.K. Stalin, followed by the and the Indian Union

Stalin told the media that the did not enjoy majority support in the House as it had only 111 MLAs when it needed 117 in a house of 234.


Stalin said that despite repeated requests, the was not taking a decision on the need for a floor test. "How can the allow a minority to run the state?"

Even among those with the ruling AIADMK, many MLAs were inclined to oppose the in the wake of the feud within the ruling party, he said.


Stalin said he hoped that the would soon come out with a ruling regarding the case of 18 disqualified MLAs opposed to the ruling faction.

Disregarding the opposition protest, the continued his address, detailing the government's achievements and its efforts to promote welfare measures.

The is set to build a grand memorial for late J. and turn her house, Veda Nilayam, into a memorial, Purohit said.


He lauded the efforts of the state and central governments in resolving the Tamil fishermen issue.


First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:21 IST