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Thiruvananthapuram: It has been decided to curb the duration of the assembly session till January 22 due to the COVID situation. Earlier, it was decided to convene the assembly till January 28. Also the advisory committee meeting decided to accept the opposition’s notice to remove the Speaker from the post and take the resolution for discussion on January 21.
Two hours in the afternoon on January 21 has been allotted for the discussion. The opposition moved the resolution as the Speaker faces allegations in gold smuggling case and other cases. Earlier, the opposition had moved a resolution for the same purpose. But permission was not granted as there was a rule to serve the notice 14 days in advance.
This the third time in history that a resolution seeking removal of the Speaker is moved in the assembly. Earlier, similar resolutions were moved against A C Jose in 1982 and Vakkom Purushothaman in 2004. Both resolutions failed in the assembly.
When the resolution for removing the Speaker is discussed, the Speaker should come down from the dais and join the members of the assembly. The deputy speaker will be controlling the House. After the discussion, the Speaker will get a chance to give explanation on the matter. Then voting on the resolution will take place.
As the ruling front has clear majority, the resolution will not be passed. However, the opposition will take this as an opportunity to politically confront the Speaker and the government. Once the resolution fails, the Speaker can get back to the dais and address the assembly.