Chennai, July 1: The Opposition DMK on Monday staged a walk out of the Assembly condemning the critical remarks made against Tamil Nadu by Puducherry Lt Governor Ms Kiran Bedi on the prevailing water crisis in the State.Moments after speaking on a Special Call attention motion on the water crisis during the Zero Hour, DMK President and leader of the Opposition M K Stalin sought to raise the issue of Ms Bedi's critical remarks against Tamil Nadu on the issue.As Speaker P Dhanapal, expunged the remarks of Mr Stalin, saying criticising the LG was against the rules, the DMK members opposed it and staged a walkout.
Later, talking to reporters outside the Assembly premises, Mr Stalin said the remarks of Ms Bedi was aimed at insulting the people of Tamil Nadu and the DMK staged a walkout condemning it. He said he sought an explanation from the state government on the remarks.Even Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam had stated that Ms Bedi was unfit to hold the post and has no moral right to talk about the people of Tamil Nadu and the government.'But his (Shanmugam's) and also my remarks were expunged by the Speaker',he added.
Mr Bedi's 'indecent' and demeaning remarks against the people of Tamil Nadu were not acceptable. 'Hence, we staged a walkout condemning her remarks', Mr Stalin said.Ms Kiran Bedi blamed the “poor governance”, “corrupt” politicians, “indifferent” bureaucrats and “selfish” people of Tamil Nadu for Chennai’s water crisis. Sharing photographs published in an English daily on the water crisis in Chennai in the WhatsApp group with journalists, she said, “a question with possible answers: India’s sixth largest city Chennai has become the first city in the country to run dry.'The same city was in floods due to copious rains just four years back.” “Where is the problem? Answer: Poor governance, corrupt politics, indifferent bureaucracy, with highly selfish and cowardly attitude of the people,” she said on the group.Earlier, speaking on the Special Call attention motion, Mr Stalin said all the four main reservoirs, the main water sources for Chennai city has become dry.
He said the state government should take steps to tackle the water crisis.He said Niti Aayog has said that there would be water crisis in the city in 2020.'But the city is facing crisis in 2019 itself', he said and added that the state government has failed to take into account the report of Niti Aayog.He also alleged that the Kudimaramathu scheme, desilting and reviving the water bodies with people's participation, has failed.Mr Stalin, however, welcomed the state government's decision to fetch drinking water by train from Jolarpettai in Vellore district.It may be recalled that senior DMK leader former Minister Duraimurugan,who is also the Deputy leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, had stated that he would oppose and also warned of agitation against the proposal to transport water by train from Jolarpettai. (UNI)