Pondy Assembly witnesses uproarious scene

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Puducherry, Apr 29 (UNI) The Puducherry Legislative Assemby today witnessed uproarious scenes over the issue of powers vested with the nominated members.

Participating in the discussion on demand for grants for deparments like transport and education, Mr Thyagarajan (Congress), a nominated Member to the territorial Assembly, charged that the tsunami funds received from the Centre and various foreign agencies were not properly utilised.

Intervening the discussion, DMK Member S P Sivakumar said the elected members were having more powers than nominated members.

Mr Sivakumar charged that the nominated members were creating problems to the elected members, by taking up the developmental works in a constituency before the member elected from that constituency, and demanded that the nominated members not do any work anywhere without consulating the elected members.

This led to uproarious scenes in the House with another nominated Member N G Panneerselvam asking why the elected members were not giving powers to the elected local body representatives.

At this juncture, Mr A V Sreedharan, who was conducting the House, opioned that whatever may be the case, the elected members had more powers.

Amid uproarious scenes, Speaker Radhakrishnan rushed to the House and asked the members to maintain calm. However, AIADMK Member Om Sakthi Sekhar rose to say that he had no objection to the nominated members undertaking developmental works in his constituency and let them do whatever they like.

An irate Speaker asked Sekhar to resume his seat. Welfare Minister M Kandasamy said the nominated members could undertake works in his constituency. The Speaker said ''let them do it in your constituency, but in our constituencies, they need to consult us to do the works.'' As the uproarious scenes continued, the Speaker asked all the members to resume their seat and brought order in the House and passed on to other business.

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