Tamil Nadu Assembly to meet on June 28

PTI Chennai | Updated on June 20, 2019 Published on June 20, 2019

Governor Banwarilal Purohit address to the Tamil Nadu Assembly. File Photo   -  The Hindu

DMK’s plea for Speaker P Dhanapal’s removal and the water crisis are likely to be raised during the session

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday summoned the state Assembly to meet on June 28, the first time after the bypolls to 22 seats in which both the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK increased their numbers.

The House is likely to take up the DMK’s plea for Speaker P Dhanapal’s removal, after he issued notices to three pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK MLAs for alleged anti-party activities on April 30. According to a notification issued by the governor, the Legislative Assembly will meet at 10 am on Friday in the Assembly chamber at the state Secretariat.

Issues likely to be raised during the session

The session will likely open with the obituary reference to deceased DMK MLA from the Vikravandi constituency in Villupuram, K Rathamani and the duration of the session will be decided later by the Business Advisory Council. The House meets at a time when the state is reeling under a severe water crisis, prompting the DMK-led opposition to mount criticism against the K Palaniswami-led AIADMK government over its handling of the issue. The government, on its part, has maintained that it is taking all steps to ensure an adequate supply of drinking water.

However, all eyes will be on the DMK’s notice against the speaker, which is likely to be taken up for consideration in the ensuing session. The M K Stalin-led opposition party moved the notice against the speaker after he served notices on three AIADMK MLAs siding with rival leader and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran for alleged anti-party activities.

The DMK had slammed the speaker for issuing notices to them and submitted a resolution seeking his removal from the post to Assembly Secretary K Srinivasan the same day. The resolution was submitted in accordance with Article 179(c) of the Constitution and Tamil Nadu Assembly Rule 68, both of which govern the procedure for removal of speaker.

The session will be the first after the two-phased bypolls to 22 Assembly seats held in April and May, in which both the AIADMK and the DMK bettered their numbers. The ruling AIADMK won nine of the 22 seats, taking its tally to 123 in the Assembly including the speaker, while the DMK had 101 members after it romped home in the remaining 13 segments. However, the DMK’s strength has now reduced by one to 100, following the demise of Rathamani last week.

Congress legislator H Vasantha Kumar has resigned following his election to the Lok Sabha, resulting in the party’s strength coming down to seven from eight in the Assembly. During the upcoming session, the House is expected to debate on the grants for various departments, besides discussing other matters of importance, including the Cauvery and hydrocarbon extraction issues.

Published on June 20, 2019
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