Members of the Opposition DMK were today evicted en masse from the Tamil Nadu Assembly following heated arguments with the Chair after making a vain bid to expunge certain remarks made by Housing Minister R Vaithilingam during Zero Hour yesterday, even as the Principal Opposition DMDK of actor-politician staged a walk out over the same issue. Soon after the Question Hour, both the DMDK and DMK members raised the remarks made by Mr Vaithilingam and demanded that Speaker P Dhanapal expunge them from the Assembly records. Noisy scenes were witnessed for some time as there were arguments and counter-arguments between the Opposition and the Treasury Benches. Mr Dhanapal contended that the remarks made by the Minister were not unparliamentary and it could not be expunged. ‘They are not unparliamentary words and there was no need to expunge his (Minister’s) remarks,’ Speaker said. Dissatisfied with the Speaker’s explanation, the Opposition members stood on their feet and persisted with the demand. Despite repeated warnings by the Speaker, the opposition members did not resume their seats and continued to disrupt the proceedings, prompting Mr Dhanapal to direct the watch and ward staff to evict the DMK members en masse from the House. However, DMDK, which also joined protest with DMK on the issue, staged a walk-out from the House silently.
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