Chennai: Members of the Opposition DMK, led by floor leader and former deputy chief minister, Mr M K Stalin, on Thursday, walked out of the Assembly before the presentation of the budget and announced to boycott the Budget Session till the seating arrangements were made to the party’s satisfaction.
Soon after Finance Minister, Mr O Panneerselvam rose to present the AIADMK government’s first budget for the year 2011-12 at 1040 hrs, Mr Stalin got up and began reading a statement.
When Speaker, Mr D Jayakumar objected to Mr Stalin making any statement, Chief Minister, Ms J Jayalalithaa intervened and asked the Speaker to allow Mr Stalin to have his say.
In the absence of a microphone, Mr Stalin protested the “foisting” of land grabbing cases on the DMK leaders to wreak political vengeance and the government’s decision to defer the implementation of the “Samacheer Kalvi”, introduced by the DMK regime. He also took exception to the Speaker not acceding to the DMK’s demand on seating arrangement (that all the members of his party [numbering 23] should be allowed to be seated as a bloc and walked out from the House with DMK members.
Later, Mr Stalin told newspersons outside the Assembly that DMK members would boycott the Budget Session till the Speaker acceded to the seating arrangement.
He said even after High Court and Supreme Court orders and requests made by all political parties, including the allies of the AIADMK, the government was not implementing Samacheer Kalvi for the sole reason it was conceptualised by the DMK.