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Coimbatore

Fissures in ruling AIADMK widens with an MLA staging a walk-out in Assembly

Covai Post Network

Chennai: Confusion over control, confrontation within ruling AIADMK faction and chaos is becoming increasingly evident in the Assembly with ruling party MLAs are walking out in protest against chief minister’s stand on different issues.

If yesterday it was ruling party faction MLA Thanga Tamilselvan on the issue of a medical health centre in his constituency, today it was the turn of three ruling party MLAs registering their protest against chief minister E Palanisami’s assertion that state government would go along with the people’s wishes on the cattle ban issue.

Chief Minister said the government would act on the issue as per the request of the majority of the people, but only after the courts decide on the central government’s order banning sale of cattle for slaughter.

The chief minister was responding to DMK members who questioned the government’s stand on the issue. He said that even the centre was considering changes in the rules. There are cases in the Supreme Court and the Madras High Court against the central government order.

Palanisami said the government will take a final decision after the courts come out with their verdict on the matter.

DMK and Congress members staged a walk out as they were not satisfied with the response and speaker squashed all attempts to further raise the issue.

What was surprising is that three MLAs of the ruling AIADMK faction (AIADMK Amma) also walked on expressing their displeasure over the chief minister’s response

The three legislators – actor-cum-politician Karunas, Mukkulathor Puli Padai, Thamimum Ansari, Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi and U.Thaniarasu, Kongu Ilaignar Peravai – later told media persons that no one can tell people what to eat and what not to eat. Karunas said that he was a non-vegetarian and would eat meat as he has been since his childhood.

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