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DMK irked over seating arrangement for Stalin at Jaya's swearing-in

PTI
Published May 23, 2016, 4:43 pm IST
Updated May 23, 2016, 4:43 pm IST
He said Stalin was made to sit 'among the crowd' even as a losing candidate and AIADMK ally, R Sarath Kumar was allotted seat in front row.
AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa taking her oath as Chief Minister (Photo: Videograb)
 AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa taking her oath as Chief Minister (Photo: Videograb)

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Monday alleged that his party was 'insulted' at the swearing-in ceremony of J Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister,  complaining about the seating arrangement made for his son MK Stalin.

Read: Stalin attends Jayalalithaa's swearing-in ceremony

 

He said Stalin was made to sit 'among the crowd' even as a losing candidate and AIADMK ally, R Sarath Kumar, was allotted seat in the front row. "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 a statement. DMK was "insulted" in a planned manner, Karunanidhi said and criticised Jayalalithaa over the incident.

Read: Jayalalithaa takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM for record sixth time

Stalin, attired in a white shirt and dhoti, was spotted seated in the 16th row at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium, the venue of the swearing-in function, breaking a practice of the rivals keeping away from the other's ceremony.

Former DMK Ministers EV Velu and Ponmudy besides their party MLAs Sekhar Babu, Vagai Chandrasekhar and Ku Ka Selvam were also seated near him.

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