Vijayakanth and party MLAs removed from TN Assembly

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 01, 2012 11:10 hrs

Chennai: Leader of Opposition Vijayakanth, whose DMDK had allied with AIADMK to sweep the elections in Tamil Nadu last year, was on Wednesday unceremoniously evicted from the Assembly along with his party MLAs after he had sparred with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

The en masse eviction came at the end of a one-on-one passage at arms between the two over the recent hike in bus fares and milk prices that soon triggered a clash between members of the two sides leading to noisy scenes.

The AIADMK chief slammed Vijayakanth for his "lowly act" as he made some gestures at treasury benches and said she regretted joining hands with DMDK for the assembly polls.

Jayalalithaa dubbed Vijayakanth's conduct as "obnoxious" and regretted the tie-up with his party in the assembly polls.

Speaker D Jayakumar referred the behaviour of the opposition to the Privileges Committee.

"The behaviour of the Leader of Opposition was obnoxious and it shows what happens if unqualified persons happen to reach top positions," Jayalalithaa said, in a scathing attack on Vijayakanth, an actor-turned-politician who heads DMDK.

Jayalalithaa said even without DMDK's support, AIADMK would have won April Assembly elections as people had made up their mind to end the DMK regime.

AIADMK and DMDK had parted ways during the civic polls.

Interestingly, DMDK, which had won 29 seats pushing the erstwhile ruling party DMK to the third position, became the main Opposition party and Vijayakanth got the status of Leader of Opposition.

Jayalalithaa said while she was not prepared for an alliance with DMDK, it was fortunate enough to strike a deal with AIADMK helping it to secure 29 seats and the status of the principal opposition party.

"I am ashamed and regret the fact that AIADMK faced the polls with unqualified persons who don't even know how to behave after reaching the top," she said. (More)

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