AIADMK demands dismissal of TN government

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) The AIADMK today demanded the dismissal of Tamil Nadu government for allegedly extending support to the banned LTTE in its ''anti-India'' activities.

Raising the demand during the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address, AIADMK member Dr V Maitreyan said LTTE which was responsible for the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had links with several terrorist outfits in India ranging from ULFA in Assam and People's War group (PWG) in Andhra who were operating in the name of Maoist groups in the country.

When Dr Maitreyan sought to read out a press report quoting a statement by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi ''in support of LTTE'', Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan directed that the member could not make such an allegation against a constitutional functionary.

''You are free to make a substantive motion but you cannot make allegations without authenticating the documents you are basing upon,'' he ruled.

The issue triggered verbal clashes between the ruling UPA and DMK members while AIADMK members insisted on Dr Maitreyan be allowed to make his point. At one stage it looked as if the DMK members were about to stage a walk-out as the issue had snow-balled into a slanging match. The BJP members were also seen pitching in led by S S Ahluwalia and Sushma Swaraj. Congress member V Narayanswamy too joined the melee.

Earlier, Dr Maitreyan criticised the President's Address stating that it did not mention Sethusamudram project at all. The member said the project was a ''total disaster'' and should be scrapped.

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