TN House condoles Manekshaw, Harkishen

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Chennai, Nov 10: The monsoon session of Tamil Nadu Assembly, which began today was adjourned without transacting any business after condoling the death of MDMK MLA Veera Elavarasan and adopting obituary references in respect of six former members, Field Marshal Manekshaw and CPI(M) leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet.

Soon after the House assembled, Speaker R Avudaiyappan made the obituary references in respect of former members O P Somasundaram, D C Vijayendriah, R Eswaran, V Thangavelu, R Thavasi and Mohan Kandasamy who died in the intervening period of April to November.

After observing a minute's silence, the House mourned the death of Sam Manekshaw and Mr Surjeet.

Later, the House passed a condolence resolution moved by the Speaker to mourn the death of MDMK member Veera Elavarasan who died in Madurai on November eight.

The House expressed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and observed two minutes silence, after which the Speaker adjourned the day's proceedings.

Later, the Business Advisory Committee of the State Assembly met at the Speaker's Chamber and decided to hold the present session till November 14.

There would be Question Hour on November 11, 12 and 13. This would be followed by introduction of Bills and debate on Supplementary Estimates.

Later, talking to newspersons Mr Avudaiyappan said he had received several adjournment motions from various parties, including the Congress, the Opposition AIADMK and the PMK.

Refusing to divulge the nature of the motions, he said he would study them in detail and decide upon placing them before the House.

To a question, the Speaker said so far he had not received any political resolution from the government on the boiling Sri Lankan Tamils issue, which was expected to generate much heat in the Assembly.

He also said Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi MLA Selvam was yet to submit his resignation letter on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, after media reports said he was expected to put in his papers before the Speaker today.

Mr Avudaiyappan replied in the negative when asked whether Leader of the Opposition and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa had petitioned him demanding enhanced security in the wake of the attack on her convoy at Pasumpon on October 31 when she went there to pay obeisance to freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar's centenary celebrations.


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