Puducherry, Aug 28 : The entire opposition members were evicted from the territorial assembly as they resorted to a 'Dharna' in the well of the house on Wednesday. As Chief Minister V Narayanasamy started reading out his budget speech, AIADMK member A Anbazhagan rose and asked whether it is fit for the speaker to conduct the house as he failed to take any decision on the no confidence motion the opposition moved against him. He demanded that the house be conducted with someone else on the speaker's seat. Following this, the entire opposition started raising slogans.
As the Chief Minister unmindful of the happening continued to read out the speech, the members moved to the well of the house with copies of the last year’s budget speech claiming that not even a single announcement in the speech last year were implemented. Shouting slogan “do not cheat the public”, they staged protest in the well of the house. Speaker Sivakozhunthu cautioned them that action will be initiated against them if they tried to spoil the dignity of the house.
As the MLAs continued their stir, he ordered the watch and ward staffs to evict them and the members were subsequently evicted. Later, when the Chief Minister finished more than half of his speech, Mr Sivakozhunthu announced that the opposition could attend the session if they request and further expressed hope that they will uphold the dignity of the house. However, none of them turned up in the assembly till the end of today’s sitting. UNI