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AIADMK walkout over remark on Jaya foster son's marriage expense

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Chennai, Aug 8 (UNI) The main Opposition AIADMK staged a noisy walkout in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today after Speaker R Avudaiyappan turned down their appeal to expunge a remark made on the ''extravagant marriage'' of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa's erstwhile foster son.

The trouble began when Deputy Leader of Opposition O Panneerselvam, intervening in a debate on the demand for grants for Law and Revenue departments, said the previous AIADMK Government, though reducing project estimates for the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court as an austerity measure, had constructed quality buildings for it.

Intervening, Law and Revenue Minister I Periyasamy said Ms Jayalalithaa spent Rs 100 crore for the marriage of her foster son during her regime in 1991-96. ''Is it an austerity measure too,?'' he asked.

This evoked loud protest from AIADMK members who were on their feet immediately.

Amidst the din, Mr D Jayakumar (AIADMK) asked whether Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would come forward to submit before the House the account for his family marriage functions.

Mr Periyasamy replied that the Chief Minister would be able to show account for every paisa spent.

Mr Panneerselvam said the Minister had made a remark which was totally irrelevant to the House. As it was against the Assembly norms and tradition, the remark should be expunged, he stressed.

All the AIADMK members joined him and made a vociferous demand to the Speaker to expunge the remarks.

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