Calling the 7 years of imprisonment warning by Raj Bhavan as “intimidatory”, the DMK on Monday staged a walkout in Tamil Nadu assembly and vowed to intensify the ‘siege Raj Bhavan’ stir against Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s visits to districts and meeting officials. The DMK, under the leadership of MK Stalin, asserted that the party was ready to make any sacrifice to protect the state’s autonomy.

The development came in the wake of Governor’s office issuing a strong worded statement taking exception to DMK’s ‘siege Raj Bhavan’ stir against Purohit’s visits to districts and meeting officials.

The Raj Bhavan had said that governor enjoys the freedom to interact with officials and cited section 124 of IPC that stipulates 7 years imprisonment to those “restraining” the governor from exercising in any manner any of the lawful powers.

It had cited another section of IPC, which said, “whoever with the intention of inducing or compelling the President of India, or the Governor of any state. Shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years.”

DMK president MK Stalin termed the statement as “intimidatory” and asserted that the party would stage blag flag demonstrations if the governor continued with the exercise.

On being asked if he would continue the protests, Stalin said that black flag protests will continue as long as the governor continues with the visits.

Earlier today, DMK’s Stalin wanted to raise the issue on the floor of the house but was not allowed by Speaker P Dhanapal, giving the DMK the reason to stage a walkout.

Along with DMK, Congress and IUML also trooped out in support of the demand.

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