Privilege motion against Left leaders withdrawn

Special Correspondent

Move followed a request from Chief Minister

Whatever happened has happened. Let us hope for the best: Karunanidhi

The motion was moved by Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami

CHENNAI: Assembly Speaker R. Avudaiyappan on Tuesday withdrew the privilege motion against legislative party leaders of the CPI (M) and the CPI, following a request from Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

“Whatever happened has happened. Let us hope for the best. On behalf of the ruling party members and Mr. Veeraswami, I request you to act in a generous manner,” Mr. Karunanidhi said in a suo motu statement.

On Monday, Mr. Avudaiyappan had referred to the Privileges Committee the motion moved by Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami against CPI (M) leader K. Balabharathi and CPI leader V. Sivapunniyam.

Mr. Veeraswami had alleged that the two leaders committed a breach of privilege as they accused the Speaker of favouring members of the DMK and the Congress when it came to allotting time for speaking on the debate.

The Chief Minister said he was not in the House when Mr. Veeraswami moved the privilege motion and the Left members were evicted after they raised slogans against the Speaker’s decision.

Explaining that there was nothing unusual about the Opposition complaining about denial of adequate time to speak in the House, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was his opinion that moving a privilege motion at the fag end of the session of the Assembly was unnecessary.

The Chief Minister also recalled how the previous AIADMK regime, in a hurried manner, had got resolutions adopted in the House against DMK member Parithi Elamvazhuthi and The Hindu and Murasoli, after rejecting the request of the then DMK deputy leader Durai Murugan and leaders of the Congress, PMK and the Communist parties seeking more time to peruse the reports of the Privileges Committee, which were placed only on that day.

Mr. Parithi Elamvazhuthi was sentenced to undergo 30 days’ imprisonment and he was arrested immediately. Five persons from The Hindu and Murasoli editor Selvam were given 15 days’ imprisonment.

The Chief Minister said there was no need to follow the pattern.

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