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Chief Minister justifies Valarmathi’s detention

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami justified the detention of student Valarmathi under the Goondas Act while she was arrested for distributing handbills soliciting support against methane extraction and hydro-carbon projects.

Chief Minister justifies Valarmathi’s detention
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami


The issue was brought up by the Leader of Opposition MK Stalin who wondered as to whether it was necessary to invoke Goondas Act on Valarmathi who was only protesting against the Centre on the lines of detention of the May 17 Movement coordinator Thirumurugan Gandhi.

Palaniswami replied that it was necessary and the girl was given umpteen chances to make amends to her style of instigating people for protests. “The provision was invoked after she had as many as six cases of hindering the public by various means against her, warranting her detention under Goondas to maintain law and order,” he said. 

The CM gave a case by case account of the girl in the Assembly starting from her arrest for the handbills distribution reported on July 12 and instigating the public and students to protest against the state on July 15. 

“The said people disrupted the education of lakhs of poor students in the state. We cannot allow this. We had to ensure that the education of the poor students remains unaffected,” EPS said. 

Palaniswami warned that the state would not hesitate in invoking such stringent action against the protesters. 

“Goondas Act would be slapped on anybody who tries to instigate the people and attempt to create law and order problem in the state. Everyone in the state has the right to stage protests in a democratic way,” he said. The same point was reiterated by the Leader of the House KA Sengottaiyan. 

Assembly adjourned sine die
Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal adjourned the House sine die on Wednesday, after the House adopted as many as 25 Bills, including an amendment to enable state to export beer besides voting on the demand grants for various departments. A total of 47 Bills have been passed in this year. 
Among the Bills considered and passed on Wednesday, the ones like Tamil Nadu Regulation of Right and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Bill, Tamil Nadu Lifts (Amendment), Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders (Amendment), and Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Amendment Bills were introduced earlier. The session to debate on demands for grants lasted for 24 days with 140 members of which 72 were from the ruling party and rest from other parties. The ruling party legislators spoke for 24 hours and 33 minutes while the rest spoke for 38 hours and 27 minutes while the latter using up an additional 13 hours 53 minutes. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami replied for about 2 hours 36 minutes on questions relating to his departments and also spoke for about 1 hour 48 minutes in other departments. The ministers; reply accounted for 25 hours 59 minutes, including the CM’s reply. A total of 11 special mentions were made in the current session on which 20 legislators had spoken and the CM replied for two of them. A total of 2 hours and 14 minutes were spent on this. The session also took up the motion on the report of the Privileges Committee in which the Speaker sought the House to withdraw the motion sparing the DMK MLAs.

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