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Sri Lankan issue to dominate TN assembly session

[Hindu, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 09:36 No Comment]

Amidst changing political equations ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the first session of Tamil Nadu Assembly this year beginning here tomorrow is likely to be stormy with a host of issues, including the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka, set to figure prominently.

 

The session, expected to be a brief one, would start with Governor Surjit Singh Barnala’s customary address which is expected to spell out a slew of announcements on DMK’s welfare schemes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

 

The ruling DMK will face the opposition with its confidence on a high after its impressive victory in the hotly-contested Tirumangalam bypoll.

 

Tomorrow’s session also is the first after the realignment of political parties, especially the CPI-M and CPI, which quit the DMK-led alliance and joined the ruling party’s arch rival AIADMK as part of their strategy for the Lok Sabha polls.

 

AIADMK would be keen to nail the DMK on various issues including law and order and the LTTE issue with party general secretary J Jayalalithaa already charging the government and the police with going soft on "rowdy and pro-LTTE elements".

 

Congress, principal outside supporter of the Karunanidhi Ministry with 35 MLAs, is also agitated over the activism of the pro-LTTE parties like the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and expected to turn the heat on the government, demanding stronger measures, including the arrest of VCK leader Tol Thirumavalavan.

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