Stormy monsoon session ahead in a spate of key issues

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Chennai, Nov 9 (UNI) Amid the emotive Sri Lankan Tamils issue, which has been keeping Tamil Nadu's political pot boiling, a brief monsoon session of the State Assembly beginning here tomorrow, is expected to be stormy.

Besides, the spiralling prices of essential commodities, acute power crisis plaguing the state, unannounced power cuts and the prevailing law and order situation, would provide sufficient ammunition for the opposition parties like AIADMK to train their guns on the government, proving to be more than handful for the ruling DMK to handle.

The DMK had to be content with the support of Congress alone after PMK was shown the door from the DMK-led DPA. The Left parties too were not extending their support since falling out with the Congress led UPA government at the Centre and consequently with the DMK, on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The session, expected to last for four to five days, will begin with an obituary reference tomorrow to mourn the death of five former members. The opening day's proceedings would be adjourned after condoling the death of sitting member Veera Elavarasan of MDMK who died in Madurai yesterday.

But the topic, which was expected to generate more heat is the Sri Lankan Tamils issue which had received unprecedented support from various quarters, including the political parties and the film industry.

The arrest and release of MDMK leader Vaiko and M Kannappan for their alleged pro-LTTE speeches is also expected to be raised by the Congress, which is in no mood to relent on its anti-LTTE stand.

Apart from the emotive Lankan issue, the AIADMK is also expected to raise the issue of power cuts, price rise and the prevailing law and order.

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