The DMK members were evicted from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after they entered into an argument with Speaker P. Dhanapal, demanding expunction of remarks made by AIADMK member G.V. Markendayan against DMK leader M. Karunanidhi.
Mr Markandeyan accused Mr Karunanidhi of enacting a farcical drama on the sibling rivalry between his two sons M.K. Stalin and M.K. Alagiri. He said instead of going to police to file a complaint against Mr Alagiri, who according to him had entered into his bed room, revealed everything to the media.
His remarks evoked a strong protest from the DMK members, who demanded expunction of the remarks as they had nothing to do with the debate on the Governor’s address.
They rushed towards the Chair and entered into an argument with the Speaker, who promised to look into the speech made by Mr Markandeyan.
Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam, who is also leader of the House, however, said there was nothing objectionable in Mr Markandeya’s speech.
As the argument continued, the Speaker first evicted DMK member J. Anbazhagan as he addressed him in a “threatening tone.” He then allowed DMK Deputy leader Duraimurugan to express his views, but subsequently ordered expunction of his remarks.
Municipal Administration Minister K.P. Munusamy said there was no need to remove Mr Markandeyan’s remarks since Karunanidhi’s allegations against had already reached Tamils all over the world. “Let it be also in the Assembly records,” he said.
When Speaker ordered expunction of Mr Duraimurugan’s remarks, the DMK members continued with their protest. At one point DMK member S.S. Sivasankar tore the copy of the Governor address.
All the DMK members were evicted on a direction from the Speaker. Later Mr Panneerselvam moved a resolution seeking suspension of Mr Sivasankar from the House for the rest of the session.