Left parties, AIADMK stage walkout in TN Assembly

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Chennai, Apr 17: The Left parties, extending outside support to the ruling DMK, and the main Opposition AIADMK today walked out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, condemning the Centre for its failure to control the rising prices.

During Zero Hour, Mr V Sivapunniyam (CPI) referred to the nation-wide agitation launched by his party against price rise and staged a walkout, alleging that the Centre had failed to take steps to control the prices of essential commodities across the country.

Toeing the line of CPI, CPI(M) floor leader C Govindasamy had a dig at the Centre and demanded banning of online trade. He also wanted the Centre to ban export of all essential commodities.

Stating that he was not arguing that there was no price rise in CPI(M)-ruled states of Kerala and West Bengal, he said the impact of price rise was felt across the country and wanted the State Assembly to draw the Centre's attention in this regard.

Accusing the Left parties of backstabbing, CLP leader D Sudarsanam took exception to the walkout, stating that the MPs of the Left parties could have taken up the issue at the UPA coordination committee meeting and aired their grievances there.

After this, Deputy Leader of the Opposition O Panneerselvam (AIADMK) raised the issue and said normal life of the people was affected due to the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.

Even the construction materials cost had risen appreciably, he said and referred to the Centre's contention that the price rise was due to inflation.

Mr Panneerselvam said the AIADMK was staging a walkout in protest against the Centre's failure to control inflation.

Reacting to the walkouts, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said he was not agitated about their action. Walkout was one of the democratic ways of registering protest, but it was improper to condemn the Government for the price rise and stage a walkout, he added.


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