CPM displeased over CAG report row; Speaker's dissent comes after 3 days
Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM is annoyed after Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan expressed dissatisfaction over minister Thomas Isaac's action of disclosing the content of the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The news in this regard came to light on Tuesday and it was not denied by the Speaker or his office. It is learnt that the pressure from the party resulted in Speaker expressing dissent over the news reports, after three days.
The Speaker has disagreement in using the rights in the assembly with political intentions. He expressed this in an internal meeting held in the assembly secretariat. However, CPM is of the opinion that the political discussion moved from controversies to development, after the CAG report came to light. Thomas Isaac disclosed it with the permission of the chief minister and the party.
The CAG report includes serious allegations against the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The report was supposed to be submitted in the next assembly session ahead of the assembly polls. As the opposition is likely to use this to attack the government, the finance minister revealed the same in advance.
Meanwhile, the news of the Speaker's disagreement with Isaac's move was reported and this caused issues within the party. Following this, the Speaker's office released a note of dissent on the third day of releasing the news report. Currently, the Speaker is attending a meeting of speakers at Kewadia in Gujarat. He will return by Saturday.
The Speaker had sought explanation from Thomas Isaac on an infringement notice issued by MLA V D Satheeshan. The finance minister will respond to this as soon as the Speaker returns. His response is likely to be handed over to the Ethics Committee.
Meanwhile, the Speaker's office reacted to the issue that it is only an ordinary procedure to seek explanation from finance minister in connection with the infringement notice. The news reports indicating that the Speaker is unsatisfied over the finance minister's actions are baseless, the office also informed.