For the first time in the history of Tamil Nadu Assembly, the Speaker suspended the entire opposition present in Assembly. All DMK MLAs present were evicted by marshals and suspended for a week for disrupting the proceedings.
On Wednesday afternoon, Speaker P Dhanapal summoned marshals into the House to evict more than 80 DMK MLAs present. This is the first time that marshals were summoned to evict MLAs.
Trouble began when AIADMK MLA Gunasekaran made a veiled taunt at Leader of Opposition MK Stalin about his mass contact programme. DMK MLAs immediately protested against the comment and raised slogans. They demanded that the Speaker expunge the comments against Stalin. The Speaker refused to expunge the comments and instead justified them by saying the AIADMK MLA did not name anyone in specific.
The argument between DMK MLAs and the Speaker continued for a few minutes before the Speaker asked the marshals to evict all the protesting MLAs in the House. Stalin was lifted and dropped in the lobby along with the other MLAs.
Speaking to media after being hurled out, Stalin accused the Speaker and the Leader of the House O Panneerselvam of “conspiring” to ensure DMK MLAs were not present in the House when the demands for Home department are made.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was in her chambers at the secretariat, did not attend the assembly session.