New Delhi: In what was branded as a major snub for the DMK Treasurer, MK Stalin yesterday when he was seen seated in the 10th row during the swearing-in ceremony of Jayalalithaa, looks like coming to an end.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, on Monday, apologised for the 'discomfort' caused to DMK president M Karunanidhi's son M K Stalin on account of the same.
I am happy to note that Thiru M.K.Stalin, MLA attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new Council of Ministers on
23rd May, 2016. I thank him for attending the event. I understand that Thiru M.K.Stalin was seated in the block of seats intended for Members of the Legislative Assembly. I am informed that the Public Department had followed the
Protocol Manual in allocating seats in the hall for the event. If this seating plan caused him any discomfiture, I would like to assure him that there was no intent to show disrespect to him or his Party". Jayalalithaa said in a statement.
“Stalin, who has the qualification to sit in the Main Opposition (possibly as its Leader) after (DMK) won 89 seats, was given seat among the crowd whereas Sarath Kumar was seated in the front row,” Karunanidhi said in an earlier statement.
Political civility is that last word that has been heard in the history of politics in Tamil Nadu. This time, Jayalalithaa has shattered a three-decade record by winning a consecutive term in office. Her party, the AIADMK, won 134 of 234 seats. Tamil Nadu has traditionally deprived a government of re-election, see-sawing between the DMK and Jayalalithaa's party every five years.