Tamil Nadu

‘Purohit should have asked government to prove majority’

Stalin justifies walkout, says State’s autonomy under threat

DMK working president and the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M.K. Stalin on Monday said that Governor Banwarilal Purohit should have first asked the “minority” AIADMK government to prove its majority in the House.

After walking out of the House boycotting the Governor’s address, Mr. Stalin told reporters that the Election Commission itself had clearly stated that only 111 MLAs were supporting the government.

“In such a scenario, the Governor should have ordered it [the Edappadi government] to prove its majority in the House. Instead, the Governor started reading the speech prepared by the government in the Assembly, which is against democracy,” he charged.

Besides, the Governor continues to conduct review meetings in the districts which was not only “unconstitutional” but also eroded the State’s autonomy, he charged. The State’s finances were crippled. The economy was shattered. The State lags behind in industrial development. The transport unions were on strike. Despite the opposition parties urging the government to hold talks, the Chief Minister was yet to call the striking workers for talks, he said.

No-confidence motion

Asked if his party would move a no-confidence motion in the House, Mr. Stalin said they were waiting for the court verdict (on the last motion of confidence) after which necessary action would be taken.

To a question if the DMK would align with dissident AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, he said the party has no such necessity.

The DMK also boycotted the business advisory committee meeting.

Mr. Stalin said the Governor’s address at the outset appreciated the GST introduced by the Centre. As per custom, the Governor reads out the speech prepared by the State.

In this case, he claimed, there was a possibility that Mr. Purohit read the text sent by the Centre.

Congress MLAs also staged a walkout.

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