COVID-19: DMK, allies announce boycott of TN Assembly session

South India

CHENNAI: DMK and its allies--Congress and IUML, on Monday announced their decision to boycott Tamil Nadu assembly session in the wake of rising number of Covid-19 cases.


The boycottind decision was taken considering people's safety and considering public good to facilitate MLAs to be in their respective constituencies, who are in fear of the virus.

Leader of Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin in a letter to Speaker P Dhanapal said the session was being held contravening the government's campaign of social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus.

"I believe the DMK's boycott move will help in attracting the attention of the government towards preventive steps," M K Stalin said.

DMK whip R Sakkarapani, Congress legislature party leader KR Ramasamy and IUML MLA Muhammed Abbubacker told reporters at the Secretariat that their parties will boycott the session scheduled till March 31.

“We have been asking the speaker to postpone the session, but the govt wants the session to continue. They are playing with the lives of people .The government’s action is condemnable,” said K R Ramasamy.

“The Centre has put off even CBSE examinations. But the state government is adamant on holding the assembly session. Our leader has told the MLAs to work for the people in constituencies,” R Sakkarapani said.

“We will be unable to take preventive measures in our constituencies if we continue to be in the assembly,” said Muhammed Abubacker.

They said the decision was taken after their repeated pleas to the government to defer the proceedings went unheeded.

The move was amid the scare of spread of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu when more people were approaching hospitals in several towns.


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