KK Shailaja and KT Jaleel | Screenshots/SabhaTV
Thiruvananthapuram: Comments of former minister and MLA KK Shailaja in the Assembly on Tuesday has triggered a fresh controversy.
Shailaja was speaking as part of the discussion on the Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in the Assembly. While talking about how the accused does not get a chance to present their version before the Lok Ayukta, her colleague KT Jaleel stood up to speak. Though it was the time allotted for Shailaja, seeing Jaleel had a point to make, she let him talk.
While sitting down, thinking her mic is muted, Shailaja told herself: "this man will put us in trouble." However, it was recorded by Sabha TV and aired live.
Shailaja is also seen sniggering as if she understood the blunder, right after the comment was made.
After a brief narration of the timeline of the events on the case against him based on which he was ousted from the previous ministry, Jaleel wrapped up his argument, and Shailaja continued.
However, as the video went viral, Shailaja took to Facebook to explain that the comment was made to Saji Cheriyan, who was sitting next to her, thinking she would lose the time allotted to her and it was not against Jaleel.
Interestingly, in the last session, Legislator EK Vijayan, who was on the Chair in the absence of Assembly speaker, had made a similar mistake. Vijayan's 'secret' chat with speaker MB Rajesh's personal staff during the opposition protest demanding apology from MM Mani for his comments against MLA KK Rema was recorded by the Sabha TV.
“Mani should not have made that comment. Will the speaker come? What should I do?” asked Vijayan, thinking the conversation will not be recorded.