DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Monday described the Government Order directing the closure of the Sterlite Copper smelter in Thoothukudi as an eyewash and a drama.
Talking to reporters after meeting party MLAs ahead of the Assembly session, which begins on Tuesday, the Opposition leader said, “It [the G.O.] is like telling [the company] — you go to court and get the relief.”
As a responsible Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami should have taken action against the DGP, the DIG and other senior law enforcement officers for the police firing. But no action had been taken, he said, adding, “We will raise all these issues in the Assembly tomorrow.”
The DMK legislators were asked to be present at Fort St. George at 10 a.m. to decide on the course of action the party would take on the first day of the Assembly session. “We had been asked to come half-an-hour early,” said an MLA.
As the Opposition is expected to raise the Thoothukudi police firing issue on the first day of the session itself, the police have beefed up security around the Secretariat-Assembly complex.
At the meeting, Mr. Stalin told the MLAs to participate in the debates, and that he would decide who gets to speak on which subject. The Opposition party is also expected to raise several cut motions to highlight the plight of the public on various fronts.
The delay in holding the local body polls and the failure of the government in obtaining an exemption for Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test are among the issues that the DMK is expected to raise.