DMK demands debate on prohibition

Opposition DMK on Thursday dared Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for a debate on Katchatheevu retrieval and enforcement of prohibition after it was prevented from raising the issues in the Assembly.
DMK demands debate on prohibition
DMK deputy legislature party leader Duraimurugan

Chennai

“I dare Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for a debate on Katchatheevu and prohibition in the Assembly for an entire day,” DMK deputy leader of Opposition Duraimurugan said on Thursday. Talking to mediapersons after staging a walkout from the House, he said the DMK had reintroduced prohibition a year after lifting it in 1971 and it was only MGR who had lifted prohibition again in 1977 and built several liquor “empires” in Tamil Nadu. 
Also recalling nationalisation of liquor during 2001-06 AIADMK regime, the DMK deputy LoP said they were ready to debate Katchatheevu retrieval and prohibition issues for an entire day in the Assembly, responding to Jayalalithaa’s remark in the House that a mere mention of the two issues would have the DMK walking out of the Assembly. 
Earlier in the day, the DMK made sufficient noise, taking exception to CM’s allegations that their party had opened liquor flow in the state, which was diligently taken note of by the Speaker, who stoutly refused to let the Opposition make a point during the course of minister Thangamani’s reply.
 Meanwhile, replying to DMK MLA K Ponmudi in the debate on grants to the PWD, highways, irrigation and minor ports departments, Highways Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy said the government led by his party has completed 55 railway bridges, 23 more than the DMK government. 
Also while the DMK took seven years to complete a bridge, AIADMK achieved this in six years, he added.  Local administration minister SP Velumani intervened and said that DMK government built bridges where they were not needed.

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