Assembly adjourned owing to Opposition unrest; Strict regulations imposed on media

Thiruvananthapuram: The 5th session of the 15th Kerala Assembly was adjourned for the day following the Opposition ruckus. The House proceedings were suspended for the day by Speaker M B Rajesh after the Opposition plunged into the well of the House shouting slogans. The opposition members started shouting slogans in connection with recent political developments in the state, including the vandalism of Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad office allegedly by SFI activists.

Speaker M B Rajesh urged the protesting Opposition members several times to refrain from disrupting the question hour of the House, but the opposition members did not pay heed. The Speaker also asked the opposition members to sit down and not wave placards and banners as it was a violation of the House norms.

After the session was adjourned, opposition members walked out of the Assembly waving placards and carrying a black banner which termed the vandalising of Gandhi's office as barbaric.
They also chanted slogans of protest as they walked out of the Assembly premises.

Subsequently, the Speaker, amidst the continuing protests, allowed the tabling of the reports of the various assembly committees by the ministers heading the same and thereafter, adjourned the House for the day at 10.24 AM.

Meanwhile, strict regulations have been imposed for mediapersons. It was the media which first reported the presence of Anitha Pullayil on the premises of the Loka Kerala Sabha. She had entered the complex without a pass. The Speaker’s office informed that security must be tightened on the premises and hence security has been tightened in all places except the media room.

It is learnt that the direction not to let out visuals of the opposition ruckus inside the House has been removed. As the question hour of the Assembly session commenced at 9 AM, the opposition began thumping the tables and then as the first question was being answered, they started shouting slogans. But this visual was not aired. Only visuals of the ruling members were shown. The Sabha TV has been directed orally not to air visuals of the opposition protest.

Entry to the Assembly complex is only with valid pass. Media persons have been directed to report the happenings only from the media room. The media has been barred from venturing into the office of the opposition leader or of other ministers or even to the canteen. The Watch and Ward staff has been asked to keep a tight vigil.

Generally, if the House proceedings are temporarily stayed, then consensus meeting takes place at the Speaker’s chamber. The ruling and opposition leaders reach this place for discussions. Mediapersons too can visit the place. But with the new regulations, mediamen have been prevented from leaving the media room.

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