Puducherry, Dec 31 (PTI) A nominated BJP MLA caused a flutter on the Assembly premises here Monday by resorting to sudden dharna urging the Puducherry government to ban immediately production, sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Says Damage Being Assessed

Holding a placard demanding a ban on plastic, V Saminathan staged dharna at the main entrance of the Assembly hall. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar Updates: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Makes Damage Assessment

However, he gave up the agitation after security staff in the Assembly spoke to him. Also Read - Over 1 Lakh Evacuated in TN as Cyclone Nivar Makes Landfall, Heavy Rain to Continue Till Thursday | Key Points

Later, talking to reporters he said the Tamil Nadu government had announced a ban from January 1 in the state on plastic products.

“Puducherry government should also follow suit and ensure protection of environment and health of the people by effecting a ban on plastic commodities.”

Alleging that Puducherry was presenting an ugly look with plastic materials lying scattered at different places, he said a ban on plastic items should be imposed immediately.

The Tamil Nadu government had in June last announced a ban on plastic items, including non-biodegradable bags, from January 2019 in the interest of the environment and to “gift a plastic-free” state to future generations.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.