Pinarayi Vijayan, VD Satheesan
Thiruvananthapuram: No consensus was reached in the party leaders' meeting called by Speaker AN Shamseer on Thursday to discuss the UDF MLAs' protests on Assembly premises.
During the meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan argued that Rule 50 - which gives the right for opposition to move “a motion for an adjournment of the business of the Assembly for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance… with the consent of the Speaker” - is not applicable in all matters.
Pinarayi questioned why the opposition leader was speaking emotionally and provocatively in all the discussions. However, VD Satheesan said that the Assembly session would not resume normal functioning until the speaker approves adjournment motions.
"It is the right of the opposition to present an adjournment motion. However, our requests are annoying the Chief Minister. The CM is scared of opposition and adjournment motions," he said.
Satheesan also mocked the chief minister, saying he was trying to become Stalin.
As per the rules of the Assembly, the Speaker can reject the notice submitted under Rule 50. If the Speaker makes that choice, the member who filed the notice will not get a chance to present the case. There is no need for the minister concerned to respond either.
However, the Speaker can permit the motion to be moved and still deny the motion based on the reply of the government. The discussion on the topic by suspending the Assembly happens only when the government is willing to discuss it.
The opposition is complaining that the Speaker is not allowing the motion to be moved in the Assembly in order to protect the chief minister since the latter will have to respond.
Targetting the CM, opposition has been making calculated moves by taking up the police action in Kochi Corporation and women's safety for moving adjournment motion. CM has to answer these questions since he holds the responsibility for the home portfolio. In the adjournment motion filed on the Brahmapuram issue (on Monday), Satheesan tried to rope in CM by stating that Pinarayi was in charge of the environment and disaster management departments and yet he did not respond. However, CM continued his silence till he made the statement under Rule 300 on Wednesday, after the opposition walked out. On Thursday, UDF again tried to corner CM by moving an adjournment motion over the Assembly ruckus on Wednesday. However, the Speaker denied permission again.
The current and previous Pinarayi governments have permitted some subjects for discussion, mostly by surprise.