Assembly ruckus: Speaker seeks explanation from PAs of 7 opposition MLAs for recording visuals

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Thiruvananthapuram: AN Shamseer, the Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, has demanded an explanation from the personal staff members of seven opposition MLAs for allegedly recording and publishing visuals of the ruckus in the Assembly during the recently concluded session. The scenes of the conflict, which occurred when the opposition members besieged the speaker's chamber, were recorded and widely circulated.

The Speaker has issued a notice seeking an explanation for the illegal recording and circulation of footage in a high-security area where photography is prohibited. The personal assistants of MLAs MK Muneer, AP Anilkumar, T Siddique, PK Basheer, Abid Hussain Thangal, and KK Rama have received the notice.

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According to the notice, a written explanation must be provided to the Assembly Secretary within fifteen days of receiving the notice. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action as per the rules.

On March 15, opposition members laid siege to the Speaker's chamber after walking out in protest of their adjournment motion being denied. The opposition has alleged that no action has been taken against the personal staff members of the ruling party MLAs and ministers who recorded the scenes of the conflict.

The Kerala Police have filed a case against 14 MLAs for their involvement in the ruckus. The charges against them include attempted rioting and other related offences.

Among the accused are two MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), H Salam and Sachin Dev, and 12 MLAs from the United Democratic Front (UDF). The opposition MLAs who are charged in the case include KK Rema, Uma Thomas, Anwar Sadath, Roji M John, PK Basheer, IC Balakrishnan, and T Siddique.

In addition, a few Watch and Ward personnel are also charged in the case, which has been registered at the Museum police station.

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