DMK MLAs turn down salary hike, to give increment amount to CM fund
Chennai: Leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly and DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday said his party MLAs have decided not to take home the increased salary amount till the issues of transport workers are solved. Speaking to reporters here, he said the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislators have given a written understanding in this regard and they would give the hike amount to the chief minister's fund.
"Let the salary and pension issues of transport workers, who struck work till yesterday, get resolved first. Then we will take home the hiked salary," he added.
Earlier in the day, there was an argument between Stalin, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam over the decision to increase the salary of legislators. The monthly salary and other allowances paid to MLAs will be increased from the existing Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh, nearly a 100 per cent hike.
Palaniswami and Panneerselvam said not all MLAs are rich and many legislators are still living in rented houses and they suffer a lot to pay their assistants.
The DMK also staged a walk out from the House after Stalin was denied permission to speak about gutkha issue. Speaking to the media later, Stalin said that those who are accused in gutkha issue should be ripped of their posts and a CBI probe should be conducted in the issue.