Beef ban Issue: DMK walks out of Assembly

Updated: 11:54 GMT, Jun 20, 2017 | Published: 08:16 GMT, Jun 20, 2017 |

DMK Working President MK Stalin and other party MLAs walked out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday after expressing dissatisfaction over Chief Minister E Palaniswami’s reply over the Centre’s  ban on sale of cattle for abattoirs.

In the Assembly, the Chief Minister said the State government would take a decision based on the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict on the issue.

Observing that a majority of the people have opposed the Centre’s decision, he said the State government would act by respecting the sentiments of the people.

Pointing out that the cow slaughter ban has been in force in Tamil Nadu for the last 40 years,  Palaniswami said the State government would take a decision on the issue on the basis of the Apex Court verdict.

Dissatisfied with the Chief Minister’s reply,  Stalin, while demanding that the Assembly adopt a resolution against the Centre’s decision, staged a walkout along with his party MLAs. Members of the DMK’s alliance partners, the Congress and the IUML, also followed suit.

Later, talking to reporters outside the Assembly, Stalin criticised the Chief Minister for not condemning the Centre’s move. He said while the friendly parties supporting the AIADMK government in the State have opposed the Centre’s decision to impose curbs on sale of cattle for slaughter houses, the State government has not condemned it.

He said at a time when several State governments, including Meghalaya, Goa and Puducherry, have adopted resolutions in their respective State Assemblies against the Centre, the Tamil Nadu Government should also adopt a similar resolution.

“But Palaniswami had not even expressed a token of condemnation against the Union Government and instead singing paeans in favour of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre fearing action by various agencies like the Income Tax department,” he alleged.