August 30, 2016
Chennai: Members of the main Opposition party, DMK, who attended the Assembly proceedings today after a week’s suspension, staged a walk out over the Cauvery and Siruvani issues.
After the question hour, the party treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the House, M.K. Stalin, drew the Government’s attention over the Cauvery and Siruvani issues. Alleging that both Karnataka and Kerala governments were trying to construct dams across the rivers, he said it would affect the people of Tamil Nadu. He urged the Government to call for an all party meeting at the earliest to discuss the issues.
When Public Works Department Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said Kerala’s decision was a result of an agreement signed between that State and Tamil Nadu during the earlier DMK regime which was against the interests of Tamil Nadu, Stalin said his party would stage a walkout as there was no proper reply from the Government. Congress members too joined them.
The House witnessed heated exchanges between the Treasury and Opposition benches. Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar, Social Welfare Minister V. Saroja came out with detailed statistics to DMK’s charges. The Speaker, P. Dhanapal, had to intervene to set the House in order.