Kerala Assembly session to resume amid fuming Opposition protests

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Kerala Legislative Assembly | Photo: ANI

Thiruvananthapuram: The eighth session of the 15th Kerala Assembly will resume on Monday though the opposition declared a fierce agitation against the government. The session got stalled on February 9 when four opposition MLAs started to stage a demonstration at the assembly gate condemning the new tax regime proposed in the budget 2023-24, including the fuel cess.

The protests extended to streets and many Congress activists were arrested and removed for waving black flags against the chief minister and other ministers.

The swindling of chief minister’s distress relief fund by the officials, the arrests of Congress workers who staged protests, Sivasankar’s arrest in LIFE Mission scam and EP Jayarajan’s indisposition to Janakeeya Prathirodha Jadha are weapons for the opposition against the ruling party.

The government may defend the opposing voices by citing the signatures of Congress leaders, including the opposition leader in many of the fake complaints submitted to embezzle the CM’s relief fund. The fissures that surfaced in Congress following the plenary session may also be used as a tool by the ruling party.

The assembly will consider two bills on Monday. The money bill will soon be introduced with comprehensible guidelines over the taxes proposed in the budget. The new tax rates will come into force from April 1.

The current session will end on March 30. However, the government can terminate the session if the opposition protests intensify and assembly proceedings get disrupted.

The session will not be convened on the day of Attukal Pongala festival.

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