Speaker warns DMK MLAs against unruly behaviour


Chennai, June 21:
Noisy scenes due to heated exchanges between the legislators of the ruling AIADMK and main opposition DMK in the Assembly prompted Speaker P. Dhanapal to issue a stern warning that he would be forced to take action against unruly members.They should follow House norms and maintain dignity and decorum, the Speaker added.
For the second consecutive day, the Assembly today took up discussion on the thanksgiving motion to the Governor’s address. Speaking on the occasion, AIADMK MLA P Vetrivel said opposition leader and DMK treasurer M K Stalin was involved in gimmicks and drama during election campaign, in the name of meeting people. This evoked stiff opposition from DMK members. They were calmed down by Dhanapal and leader of the House O. Panneerselvam, who is also the finance minister. Later, few other remarks made by Vetrivel, without mentioning anyone’s name, too drew protests from DMK benches.
As DMK members did not calm down despite repeated instructions from the Speaker, who said that Vetrivel did not mention anyone in particular, Panneerselvam requested him to take action against unruly members.
Dhanapal issued a warning to DMK MLAs and said: “Many of you are new to the Assembly, and hence, it is natural for you to get excited. You all should read the rule book and know Assembly rules. There is a way to behave in the House. You are crossing the limits. Don’t force me to take action against you.”
Similar scenes were witnessed when former minister and DMK member I Periyasamy spoke on the thanksgiving motion. Some of Periyasamy’s remarks were opposed by AIADMK members, while ministers Sellur Raju, R. B. Udhayakumar and C. Vijayabaskar intervened and denied his charges against the government.