Tamil Nadu assembly sees third day of walkout

April 17th, 2008 - 5:58 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, April 17 (IANS) The opposition in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly, comprising the AIADMK and the Left parties, staged a walk-out Thursday to protest inflation. This was the third walkout by the AIADMK in three days. While Thursday the opposition protested against the government’s alleged failure to curb the rise in prices of essential commodities, on previous days the AIADMK claimed Speaker Auvudaiyappan was not permitting them to speak about the phone-tapping scandal.

Karunanidhi indirectly admitted to the phone tapping Tuesday, a day after denying the allegations and announcing his intention to prosecute a newspaper that published excerpts from a purported conversation between Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy and Additional Director General of Police S.K. Upadhyaya.

While legislators from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and AIADMK later returned to the house, six legislators of the Communist Party of India (CPI) led over 100 volunteers and blocked traffic on the road outside the house and courted arrests. They were later let off.

Later, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said it was unfortunate that political parties despite supporting the central government and being part of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in the state were aiding “the mischievous communalist agenda”.

Karunanidhi’s DMK, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the CPI and the Congress party constitute the ruling DPA in the state.

“It is my duty to point out that by such protests, the Left is indirectly helping to further the mischievous communalist agenda. These demonstrations will result in temple demolitions and rath yatras (chariot marches) that are obviously not conducive to peace and amity,” Karunanidhi said.

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