Chennithala demands Speaker to stay away as he disgraced assembly; Speaker refuses


The personal contact of the Speaker with the accused in the gold smuggling case is a disgrace to the dignity of the assembly.

Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram: As the the no-confidence motion against the government is being discussed in the assembly on Monday morning, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala demanded that the motion against Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan also should be considered.

A serious allegation has been raised against the Speaker. The personal contact of the Speaker with the accused in the gold smuggling case brings disgrace to the dignity of the assembly. Instead of sticking to the practicality, the no-confidence motion against the Speaker should be discussed and it is the right of the assembly, Chennithala said.

Chennithala further demanded that the Speaker should stay away from the chair until the decision regarding the motion against the Speaker is finalised. The assembly session should rescheduled in order to discuss the motion against the Speaker, he said.

However, the Speaker did not approve the demand raised by the opposition. He pointed out the condition that in order to discuss the no-confidence motion against the Speaker, a notice should be issued 14 days before. The cabinet meeting convened on August 12 decided to schedule the assembly session on August 24 with the knowledge of the opposition. It is a constitutional rule, he added.

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