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DMK, AIADMK members walk out on Tamils’ issue

[Hindu, Thursday, 25 August 2011 06:54 No Comment]

They were protesting against postponement of discussion

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam protested against postponing of discussion on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. They staged a walkout after Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan said the issue of corruption would be taken up on Wednesday against the listed item of problems of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

MPs from Tamil Nadu, including some from the Left parties, were insisting on the short duration discussion on the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils, pending since the session started.

But Opposition parties, particularly the BJP, demanded that the issue of corruption be discussed urgently in view of the ongoing protest by social activist Anna Hazare.

To resolve the issue, Mr. Khan adjourned the House for 15 minutes after the question hour. When the House reassembled, it was announced that the Sri Lankan Tamil issue would be taken up on Thursday. This led to the DMK and AIADMK members protesting and staging a walkout.

“Entire nation worried”

CPI member from Tamil Nadu D. Raja said the problem of Sri Lankan Tamils was not limited to Tamil Nadu or Tamils and the entire nation was worried.

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