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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

TN Assembly: Tamil proverbs provoke near pandemonium

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 20 June (asiantribune.com): The Tamil Nadu state Assembly witnessed tense moments as chaos and confusion reigned over an hour. It was over a couple of proverbs used, and the DMK and AIADMK MLAs were up against each other.Agriculture Minister Veerapandi Arumugam, speaking on demands for grants for his department, referred to a popular proverb in Tamil, which kicked off the controversy.

O. Pannerselvam, Leader of Opposition, expressed his displeasure at the Minister’s remarks when Ministers Arcot Veeraswamy and I. Periaswamy made certain observations. AIADMK’s Pandurangan also came out with another matching proverb which was objected by Treasury Bench.

When immediately the Speaker ordered the latter’s remarks to be expunged, the AIADMK MLAs were quick to demand the expulsion of the Minister’s remark too. The Minister was only trying to pacify them saying it was not targeted at them. This resulted in chaos and confusion, following wordy duel. The AIADMK MLAs were supported by their colleagues from the PMK, MDMK, CPI (M) and CPI.

Intervening Chief Minister Karunanidhi that if the Minister had used the proverb to dig at the Opposition, it deserved to be expunged. But it was uttered in general context.

However Karunanidhi urged the Speaker not to record it until tomorrow and asked him to subject it under scrutiny and take a final decision tomorrow.

The AIADMK members continued shouting and condemned the Speaker. When it was urged to evict them, they staged a walkout.

- Asian Tribune -

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