Kerala Assembly: Pinarayi enters into verbal spat with VD Satheesan over CM's security cover

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Pinarayi Vijayan, VD Satheesan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The eighth session of the 15th Kerala Assembly witnessed the treasury and opposition benches locking horns over the high security extended to the chief minister in the state. In response to opposition leader VD Satheesan's criticism, the CM said he has only the same security as Rahul Gandhi.

“The chief minister will not be able to step outside his residence,” said Satheesan suggesting that UDF would intensify the protests against the social security cess on fuel. For this, CM said that he would have replied if he was the old version of himself. “Ask [K] Sudhakaran, if you need,” CM said.

“I urged CM to remain in his house as the public will not be allowed to freely travel if CM’s convoy passes through that route,” replied Satheesan. He added that the Congress was not scared of Vijayan in the past or in the present.

Pinarayi condemned the protests against the government. “They are isolated protests with one or two activists involved. Is this how a political party protests?” CM asked. CM mocked why the number of protesters keep on shrinking.

“If Congress has no members to protest, then why did the police arrest the activists during a Youth Congress conference at Rayamangalam?” Satheesan hit back.

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