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DMK MLAs walk out of Assembly in protest against re-opening of Sterlite plant

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] 

Hours after the ordered re-opening of Vedanta's smelter plant at Thoothukudi, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MLAs on Tuesday staged a walk-out from Assembly.

DMK MLAs had urged to convene a Cabinet meeting to take a firm policy decision on the issue.

DMK MK told reporters: "We expected the to immediately convene a meeting of the Cabinet to take a firm policy decision on the matter."

"Unfortunately nothing was done. In protest against this, we today walked out from the Assembly," added the DMK

Earlier in the day, the refused to stay the Green Tribunal's (NGT) order of setting aside government's decision to close the plant. government had approached the challenging the NGT.

On December 15 last year, the green tribunal had set aside Tamil Nadu government's order for closing NGT had directed the to roll-out fresh orders for the renewal of consent for Vedanta's copper smelter plant within a span of three weeks.

The NGT also directed the firm to spend Rs 100 crore in a period of three years for the welfare of the people residing in nearby areas.

It is worth mentioning that in May last year, as many as 13 people were killed and several others were injured in the alleged police firing during the violent protest against in Tuticorin.

The people there were protesting against the construction of the plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater, and was hazardous for the environment.

Taking note of the people's demand, on May 28 last year had ordered the closure of the plant.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:40 IST