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CHENNAI: The State Cabinet will consider a proposal to allocate 50 acres in Chennai for a housing scheme for MLAs, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi told the Assembly on Friday.

“An announcement will be made after the Cabinet takes the decision,” he said, amid thumping of desk by members.

CPI(M) stages walkout

The CPI (M) opposed the scheme, alleging that the members were using the House to fulfil their own demands, and staged a walkout.

CPI opposes scheme

The CPI also opposed the scheme. Recalling the notice given by PMK member Tamilarasu to discuss the concept of “simple living and high learning” for MLAs, CPI member M. Gunasekaran said the housing scheme was not acceptable to his party.

The Chief Minister made the announcement as a response to Congress member C. Gnanasekaran, the proponent of the scheme.

“He has been demanding “veedu.” It means motcham (salvation) in Sanskrit. But, I don't like to give it you. I have good news,” he said in a lighter vein.

Mr. Karunanidhi said he had discussed the scheme with Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan, his Cabinet colleagues and officials.

It would come up on 50 acres on Old Mahabalipuram Road and the MLAs could buy land for construction of house at market rate.