DMK members sent out of assembly

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Earlier, the Tamil Nadu Assembly saw a huge showdown between the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the DMK over the sting operation in today's session, which was earlier being expected to be crucial for paving the way for the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill on July 1. Speaker P Dhanpal then said that the matter can not be discussed because it was sub-judice.

Earlier, Dhanapal pointed out that the issue was sub- judice as DMK's petition challenging the trust vote, won by the Palaniswami Ministry, was pending in the Madras High Court.

Undeterred, the DMK MLAs protested against the Speaker's decision by displaying pamphlets with the words "MLAs for sale" on it.

He recalled that when the DMK was in power in January 2011, then Speaker R Avudaiyappan had cited the grounds of "sub-judice" to deny permission to an AIADMK member to raise the issue of "Nira Radia" tapes in which DMK MP Kanimozhi's name had figured.

Dhanapal said there was a precedent for not allowing sub-judice matters to be discussed in the House.

South Madurai MLA Saravanan, who had deflected to the OPS faction, admitted on camera that Sasikala camp offered him money between Rs. 2 crore to 6 crore for his support.

Since the confusion prevailed for another 45 minutes, the Speaker evicted all the DMK members from the Assembly.

Opposition leader M.K.Stalin tried to bring to the attention of the State Assembly on publication of news reports on the sting operation by a media on horse trading during the confidence motion.

Later, Stalin was picked up by the police and taken to the nearest police station.

Later, the DMK members staged a road blockade agitation outside the State Secretariat following which police arrested them. "The speaker forcibly evicted us from the assembly". "There must also be a CBI probe into the sting operation carried out by Times Now about the sale of MLAs", he said.

He further said the issue can not be discussed also because there was no major proof to substantiate it as it only came out in the media. The Congress and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislators also staged a walk out and joined Stalin in his protest.

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