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Since 1st March, 1999
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Strike row in TN Assembly

Chennai, Oct. 29: The Tamil Nadu Assembly today shelved a resolution on the Cauvery issue but a showdown over a government employees’ strike churned the House.

The special resolution was deferred in view of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up on November 1 the contempt case against Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna.

As the short monsoon session is scheduled to meet for another two days, the government motion on Cauvery, which was listed for discussion tomorrow, would not be taken up now, Speaker K. Kalimuthu told reporters.

But the House did witness high drama in which DMK members who had squatted in ‘dharna’ were evicted for disrupting proceedings.

The Assembly was thrown into turmoil as the DMK legislators sat before the Speaker’s podium. They raised slogans denouncing the government’s handling of the week-long strike by employees and teachers demanding more dearness allowance and benefits.

Almost the entire Opposition was on their feet demanding that chief minister Jayalalithaa invite representatives of employees and teachers for talks.

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