Tamil Nadu

DMK walks out as TN Governor makes maiden Assembly speech

Governor Banwarilal Purohit arrives at the State Secretariat to begin the Tamil Nadu Assembly session.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit arrives at the State Secretariat to begin the Tamil Nadu Assembly session.   | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Monday made his maiden address to the State Assembly even as the main opposition DMK along with its allies walked out of the House boycotting his speech.

Soon after he arrived, Mr. Purohit greeted all members of the House with a Vanakkam and began his address.

Even as Mr. Purohit began to speak, Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin was on his feet trying to raise some issues.

The Governor paused for a moment and told Mr. Stalin ‘please ukkarunga’ (please take your seat) in Tamil but to no avail.

Mr. Stalin was supported by his party MLAs, who raised slogans demanding that their leader be allowed to speak.

A little later, the DMK working president led his party members and staged a walkout.

Congress members and the lone Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislator also followed suit.

The Governor then continued his address.

Amid noisy scenes, sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, who made his debut in the Assembly after having won the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll by a thumping margin of 40,000 votes, was seated calmly.

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