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DMK MLAs evicted en masse from assembly over MLAs payoff issue

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes leading to en masse eviction of opposition members after they tried to raise the issue of alleged horse trading of MLAs ahead of the February 18 vote sought by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

Speaker P Dhanapal ruled that the issue was sub-judice and cannot be discussed and ordered the eviction of the MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin, as they insisted on raising it.


After their eviction, Stalin and other MLAs blocked roads outside the state secretariat housing the Assembly premises.

Stalin and other MLAS were detained by police.

Earlier, Dhanapal pointed out that the issue was sub- judice as DMK's challenging the vote, won by the Palaniswami Ministry, was pending in the Madras High

He also referred to the yesterday making an urgent mention about the sting operation by a TV channel which had aired a video footage, purportedly showing an making some claims of pay-offs to ruling party MLAs ahead of the vote.

However, the members remained on their feet and raised slogans in support of their demand for a discussion on the issue.

The Speaker stuck to his stand that the issue cannot be raised and cited precedents from 2011 when similar matters were not allowed on the ground of sub-judice.

He also said that the S S Saravanan of Madurai South and a member of the OPS camp have clarified on the matter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 13:02 IST
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