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Bar bribery row: Opposition boycotts 2ndday of assembly proceedings, Sivankutty MLA rewarded with suspension

Assembly11Thiruvananthapuram: On Tuesday, for the second day, assembly proceedings were disrupted due to opposition uproar. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandhan, after the submission on the bar bribery issue, the opposition members disrupted the Assembly proceedings temporarily.

Following the ruckus over the bar bribery row involving Finance Minister K M Mani, led to the suspension of CPI-M MLA V Sivankutty and censure of four others, besides abrupt adjournment of the House for the day.1308115621sivankutty

Sivankutty was suspended for the day for showing disrespect to the House and behaving in an undisciplined manner violating House rules. Four others, all CPI-M members V Rajesh, R Rajesh, Babu M Pallissery and P Sivarakrishnan were censored for their undisciplined behavior.

The opposition raised the issue of financial crisis in the state, price rise and distribution of pension for KSRTC among others. The opposition then walked out of the assembly as the speaker denied permission for an adjournment motion. UDF members sought action against some opposition members, including V Sivankutty MLA, who had tried to pull the mike of the Speaker.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandhan brought out a submission demanding a probe and an FIR to be filed in the bar bribery case. He also alleged that the government is trying to sabotage the case. However, Home minister Ramesh Chennithala in a reply said it was the vigilance director who had issued a direction for quick verification on the raised allegations.

Chennithala also said that he would not interfere in the case. He also informed the House that the probe progress would be submitted to the court in a sealed cover and the investigations would be completed on time. The opposition unhappy over the minister’s reply raised slogans.

Even though the House adjourned temporarily for more than an hour after the pandemonium broke out and the Deputy Speaker held a meeting of leaders of all parties, they could not reach an agreement on the smooth conduct of further proceedings.

C Divakaran MLA issued a notice for an adjournment motion on the price rise issue. But the deputy speaker denied permission and the opposition walked out.

LDF members had walked out of the House on the same issue yesterday when CPI-M Deputy leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan raised the matter through a notice for an adjournment motion.

Both the Congress-led UDF and Mani, the 81-year old supremo of Kerala Congress (M) have rejected the charges as baseless. KC-M ( Kerala Congress-Mani) is the third largest party in the ruling coalition.

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