The DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) today staged a walkout from the State Assembly alleging that the members of the party were not satisfied with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s explanation over issues being reviewed in the House.
The party also alleged that they had asked that a resolution against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act be brought in House but the Speaker of the house denied their request.
Tamil Nadu: DMK staged a walkout from the state assembly today alleging that they are not satisfied with CM’s explanation over issues being discussed in the House, also allege that they had asked that a resolution against CAA be brought in House but the Speaker is not allowing it
— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2020
DMK and its alliance parties on Sunday had sent 2.05 crore signatures collected from people across Tamil Nadu between February 2 and 8 — to President Ram Nath Kovind as a part of their anti-citizenship law, National Register of Citizen(NRC) and National Population Register(NPR) protests.
Last year, the DMK Chief MK Stalin also led a massive protest rally against CAA despite the police denying permission to the Tamil Nadu’s biggest opposition party.
Massive protests have swept the country since the contentious law got approval of both the Houses of the parliament. The President’s assent was followed by agitations across the country. Student organisations, opposition parties and civil society came out in huge numbers.
In Delhi, several cities in UP and Karnataka, the peaceful protests turned violent. Over 18 people have been killed in UP and four in Assam.
The law has been described as “unconstitutional” by opposition parties and Human Rights activists who claim that it excludes Muslims from being a part of the law that provides citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan state assemblies have passed resolution demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.