Dont call CM by name: Speaker P. Dhanapal
CHENNAI: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the State Legislative Assembly here on Monday, as members of the ruling AIADMK and its rival DMK again over various issues, one of which was whether to mention the name of the Chief Minister in the House.
Speaker P. Dhanapal reiterated in his “verdict” that it was a tradition of the House not to address the sitting Chief Minister by name but by the designation. The DMK and Congress staged a walkout over the issue.
The issue came up during the speech of AIADMK legislator P.M. Narasimhan, who made a reference to the DMK president and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi by name, to which the DMK MLAs objected. Certain remarks made by the DMK members were expunged by the Speaker.
After a long din, when the DMK’s Deputy Floor Leader M. Duraimurugan was given a chance to speak, he made certain remarks, which were again expunged by the Speaker. Intervening, Leader of Opposition Mr. Stalin sought to know which House rule prevented members from addressing the Chief Minister by name. As the Speaker did not respond, Mr Stalin led a walkout of his party’s MLAs.