DMK members staged a walkout in the Tamil Nadu Assembly after its president MK Stalin’s demand for a daylong debate on the water crisis was denied.
Stalin also rued that his comments condemning Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s remarks “against Tamil people” over the water crisis, was expunged from the records.
Bedi had in a tweet blamed “poor governance, corrupt politics, indifferent bureaucracy” for the water crisis in Chennai.
“A Question with Possible Answers: India’s 6th largest city #Chennai has become d first city in d country to run dry. The same city was in floods due to copious rains just 4 yrs back. Where lies the problem? Ans: Poor Governance, Corrupt Politics, Indifferent Bureaucracy+,” she had tweeted.
A Question with Possible Answers:
India’s 6th largest city #Chennai has become d first city in d country to run dry. The same city was in floods due to copious rains just 4 yrs back. Where lies the problem ?
Ans: Poor Govenance,Corrupt Politics, Indifferent Bureaucracy+ pic.twitter.com/CDKnblCFcV
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) June 30, 2019
She warned that such a crisis would hit Puducherry too, but later said she just reflected the opinion of the people.
Slamming her statement, Stalin said it would have been fine if she had criticised just the political parties. “But she criticised Tamil Nadu. She has defamed the Tamil Nadu people. So I sought for her explanation in the Assembly, but I was not given time,” he said.
The DMK president said even Law Minister C.Ve Shanmugam of AIADMK had slammed Bedi, saying she had no right to talk about people of Tamil Nadu as she was facing a case in the court.
“His speech was also expunged from Assembly records,” Stalin said.
He said it was evident that the AIADMK was supporting Bedi by accepting her remarks and “removing our comments” from Assembly records.
Outside the Assembly, he said he had moved a motion asking the Speaker to allow discussion on the drinking water crisis for the whole day, “so that all the MLAs can talk about the water scarcity issues in their constituencies”. However, this too was not allowed, he said.