VD Satheesan and Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: ANI, Mathrubhumi Archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader VD Satheesan said that the Kerala Assembly has been witnessing a "family conspiracy" led by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to defame Speaker AN Shamseer.
"The chief minister and his son-in-law, who became a minister under the management quota, are making Speaker Shamseer helpless by forcing him to deny adjournment motions in which the CM is responsible to give a reply. They want him to look incapable since no PR work is helping Mohamed Riyas to attain the status of Speaker," said Satheesan in a press conference. He said Pinarayi and Riyas were trying to turn the opposition against Speaker in order to avoid "tough questions" asked by the opposition in the Assembly.
Satheesan said that is why Riyas made a "provoking comment" in the Assembly during an opposition protest.
Riyas, while tabling a paper as per the procedure on Wednesday, told the Speaker that he was not required to obey the "spineless opposition." He also said the opposition's spine was made of banana stems (a colloquial term for saying someone is spineless).
Satheesan, at the press conference, asked who gave authority to the minister to make such comments. “What right does a person, who became a minister through management quota, have to insult the opposition? What Riyas did in the Assembly was a deliberate attempt to provoke us,” he said.
It may be noted that Riyas was responding to the comment of an opposition MLA who charged at the Speaker and said that he should not act spineless.
Reacting to the comments of Satheesan, minister Riyas said that he didn't want any "good certificates" from the opposition leader. "He has secret ties with the BJP. He abuses ministers continuously. I have a responsibility to defend my organisation," he said.
Meanwhile, Satheesan also criticised the Speaker's decision to reject an adjournment motion moved by UDF in connection with an attack on a female student in Thiruvananthapuram.