Tamil Nadu Assembly session to begin from Jan 8

13 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Kim Reid
  • O Panneerselvam-PTI

Following the disqualification of 18 MLAs from the ruling AIADMK, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said the government did not have the requisite numbers to remain in power, reported news agency ANI.

His remarks came on a day when the government tabled a bill to give a 100 per cent salary hike to MLAs. The bill also brought the DMK and independent MLA T.T.V. Dhinakaran together in opposing the bill.

The bill seeks to give effect to the decision taken by the state government past year to hike the pay for legislators and allowances for the chief minister and ministers with effect from July 1, 2017.

Meanwhile, transport employees on Wednesday staged protests in front of labour commissioner's offices across Tamil Nadu as their indefinite strike over wage revision entered its seventh day.

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Palaniswamy said the dues of retired transport workers would be cleared in a few days, and requested workers to resume work. Speaker asked the DMK chief whip whether he did not want the salary hike.

But the workers are demanding a 2.57-time hike.

The 17 trade unions on strike include those affiliated to the opposition DMK and the Left.

Following the strike, the Madras High Court issued orders on January 5 and January 7 demanding that protesters return to work.

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Speaking to reporters outside the Assembly, Opposition leader M.K. Stalin said the government should have avoided tabling the bill during the session as it had admitted on the floor of the House that it has no money to pay the striking transport employees.

"Our stand is that this (2.44-time hike) should be accepted".

The Tamil Nadu government that has been in talks with trade unions has refused to agree to their wage revision citing a cash crunch.

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