NEET row : Congress MLAs evicted from TN Assembly

Chennai, Sep 15 : Members of the Congress, an ally of its principal Opposition DMK, were evicted from the Tamil Nadu Assembly for disrupting the proceedings during the heated debate on the NEET issue.

During the debate on the Special Call attention motion give notice of by the Opposition parties on the recent suicide of four students due to fear over cracking the NEET exams, Congress Floor leader K R Ramasamy objected to ruling AIADMK member Inbadurai’s remarks that the NEET was brought by the Congress-led UPA in 2010 in which the DMK was part of the alliance.

The AIADMK member also said that it was Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidmabaram’s wife Ms Nalini Chidambaram who had argued in favour of NEET in the court.

Objecting to it, Mr Ramasamy urged Speaker P Dhanapal to expunge the remarks.

As the Speaker refused, the Congress members were on their feet and persisted with their demand and also disrupted the proceedings.

After his repeated pleas asking the Congress members to resume their seats went unheeded, Mr Dhanapal directed the watch and ward staff to evict them from the House.

Later, talking to reporters, outside the Assembly Hall at Kalaivanar Arangam, Mr Ramasamy said the Speaker has refused permission to reply to the charges.

He also said when the NEET was introduced in 2010, it was the prerogative of the States to implement it or not.

‘We want to putforth this point, but denied permission’, he added.

He also objected to the reference of Mr Inbadurai and said an issue which took place outside the House should not be discussed.

Agency

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