Tamil Nadu

Opposition parties boycott Governor’s maiden address

March of dissent: DMK leader M.K. Stalin leading a walkout by Opposition MLAs from the State Assembly. L. Srinivasan

March of dissent: DMK leader M.K. Stalin leading a walkout by Opposition MLAs from the State Assembly. L. Srinivasan  

Purohit’s efforts to reason with them cut no ice as legislators walk out; DMK leader Stalin justifies the move, saying State’s autonomy is under threat

The DMK, the Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) boycotted the customary Governor’s address in the House on Monday. Requests by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, including his plea in Tamil urging them to take their seats, did not have any effect and the opposition parties staged a walkout during his maiden speech in the House.

The Governor was escorted into the House by Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal few minutes before the session convened and all members led by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin exchanged greetings with him.

Soon after the Thamizhthai Vaazhthu (State anthem) was played and even as the Governor stood up to commence his address, Mr. Stalin rose from his seat and sought a chance to speak.

Attempting to dissuade the DMK leader, Mr. Purohit said, “Please, please!” but in vain. The Congress legislators joined Mr. Stalin and stood up in their places and raised slogans.

When the Governor continued with his speech by saying “Vanakkam”, the AIADMK members thumped their desks in appreciation. After his new year wishes to the members were drowned in the din, the Governor requested the opposition members, “Please, utkarunga! [Please, sit]”; however, all opposition members were by then standing and raising slogans.

“In the debate, you can raise and ask questions,” Mr. Purohit tried to reason. Since the opposition members did not heed his repeated requests, he resumed his speech. Following this, the opposition members boycotted the Governor’s speech.

After Mr. Purohit concluded his speech, the Speaker read out its Tamil translation and the Governor was escorted out of the House by the Speaker after the national anthem was played.

The current Assembly session will be short and will end on January 12. After the debate on the motion of thanks to Governor’s address on January 9, 10 and 11, reply to the motion would be made on January 12.

The first supplementary budget for 2017-18 would be presented to the House on Friday, and Bills, if any, would be tabled on the same day. All days would have a Question Hour and the House would commence at 10 a.m.


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