Many Opposition parties, including Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and the Left on Thursday made a plea to Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal to reconsider his ruling on the suspension of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) members till the rest of the ongoing session.

Immediately after Question Hour, Deputy Leader of Opposition Panruti S. Ramachandran, who started his speech with an expression of thanks to the Chair and the ruling party for allowing his party again to lead debates on demands for various departments, said the present times were those of giving “mercy petitions.” The Speaker should relax the rule and allow DMK members to participate in the proceedings of the House.

A. Soundararajan, M. Arumugham, M.H. Jawahirullah and K. Krishnasamy, floor leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi and Puthiya Tamizhagam respectively, and N.R. Rengarajan, Congress MLA from Pattukottai, appealed to Mr Dhanapal to reconsider his decision regarding the DMK. They pointed out that they were making the request without commenting on how the DMK members conducted themselves.

Mr Dhanapal responded to the observations of some of the leaders that if he had to heed to their plea, he had to change the rule [according to which, those who faced eviction four times would not be allowed to participate in the proceedings of the House till the rest of the session].

Chief Minister praised

Earlier, Mr. Ramachandran praised Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for having prevailed upon the Speaker to change his ruling.

She acted with “magnanimity,” he pointed out, adding that he was also thankful to leaders of other parties for their appeal to the Chair.

According to the Speaker’s ruling last week, the turn for the DMDK was to come at the end of the debate. Mr Ramachandran said his party would wholeheartedly cooperate with the Speaker for the proper conduct of the House.