The DMK had moved against the Speaker after he had served notices to three AIADMK MLAs siding with the rival leader, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran. The resolution is likely to be taken up on July 1
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanpal indicated that the DMK’s resolution seeking his removal is likely to be scheduled for July 1, during the ensuing session of the House.
The opposition party had moved the resolution on April 30 against the Speaker, after he served notices to three pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK MLAs for alleged anti-party activities.
Dhanpal, on Monday (June 24), chaired a meeting of the business advisory committee that discussed among others the duration of the session that gets underway on June 28.
On DMK's resolution against him, the Speaker said, “According to the House rules, it should be taken up on July 1”.
Though the session is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 28, the House is expected to adjourn after paying obituary reference to DMK MLA K Rathamani of Vikravandi Assembly constituency, who died two weeks ago.
The MK Stalin led opposition, DMK had moved against the Speaker after he had served notices to three AIADMK MLAs siding with the rival leader, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran.
The DMK had also gone on to slam the Speaker for issuing notices to them and had submitted a resolution seeking his removal from the post, with the Assembly secretary K Srinivasan.
The resolution was submitted as per Article 179 (c) of the Constitution and Tamil Nadu Assembly Rule 68 both of which govern the procedure for removal of Speaker.
Dhanpal had further said that the session would be held from June 28 to July 30, for 23 working days, where debates on grants for various departments will be held. Various bills will also be taken up, he added.
The session will be the first after the two-phase by-polls to 22 Assembly seats held in April and May where both AIADMK and DMK bettered their tally.
The ruling AIADMK won nine of the 22 seats, taking its tally to 123, including the Speaker. The DMK has 101 members after it romped home in 13 segments. However, its strength has now reduced to 100, following the demise of Rathamani.
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.
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Last Updated 24, Jun 2019, 3:05 PM