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Stalin along with other DMK MLAs evicted from TN assembly

DMK working president and opposition leader M K Stalin and 86 other MLAs were evicted from the Tamil Nadu assembly in Chennai on Wednesday when they shouted slogans demanding permission to raise the Times Now-Moon TV expose on the alleged cash-for-vote scam.

Later police detained them when they staged a road roko.

The DMK has 89 members in the assembly. Party president M Karunanidhi, who represents Tiruvarur constituency, and PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan, who represents Madurai Central, were not present in the assembly. Karunanidhi is not keeping well.

A sting operation carried out by Times Now and Moon TV has exposed that AIADMK legislators were paid bribes by party general secretary V K Sasikala, in return for supporting the Palaniswami government during the trust vote on February 18.

The sting also showed an MLA supporting the former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) saying money was paid by the former OPS camp in a bid to get MLAs to switch sides.

After the House congregated at 10am, Stalin wanted to raise the issue. However, Speaker P Dhanapal didn't allow him to raise the issue as the matter is in the Madras high court.

The MLAs flashed the copies of The Times of India newspaper and wanted to raise issue. They shouted slogans against the speaker.

As the commotion continued, the speaker ordered marshals to evict the DMK MLAs.

Eight Congress MLAs and a lone IUML member walked out of the House when the speaker refused their demand to reconsider his decision to evict the DMK members.

The evicted DMK legislators sat on the Rajaji Salai opposite to the secretariat and shouted slogans. Traffic on the both sides of the road was affected.

Police removed Stalin and other MLAs from the road and detained them in a marriage hall at Royapuram.

The DMK legislators were released three hours later.