DMK not to press for no-confidence motion against Speaker

The opening day proceedings of the Tamil Nadu Assembly was adjourned after adopting obiturary references in respect of two sitting MLAs, and other former members, who died recently, even as the main Opposition DMK  said it would not press for the no-confidence motion given against Speaker  P Dhanapal. Talking to reporters outside the Assembly premises, DMK President and Leader ofthe Opposition M K Stalin said he had handed over a letter to the Speaker stating that it would not insist on the no-confidence motion against him.

He said the situation at that time (when the DMK issued notice for no-confidencemotion) was different and 'considering the present circumstances, the DMK decidednot to insist on it. This is the first session of the Assembly after the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls, in which the Opposition DMK led Front won 37 of the 38 Parliamentary seats and the ruling AIADMK bagged nine of the 22 Assembly seats for which bypolls were held. AIADMK has 123 members, including the Speaker, in the 234-member Assembly, DMK-101, Congress-7 and Independent-1 (AMMK leader  T T V Dhinakaran).