Kerala Assembly to consider no-confidence motion against govt; not against Speaker


The Assembly will be convened for only one day. Hence, it will be decided with the Opposition regarding how much time needs to be allotted for the no-confidence motion.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Legislative Assembly will consider the no-confidence motion against the Pinarayi Vijayan government. However, it will not consider the motion seeking to remove Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan.

The Assembly will be convened for only one day. Hence, it will be decided with the Opposition regarding how much time needs to be allotted for the no-confidence motion.

The no-confidence motion against the government was moved by Congress MLA V. D. Satheesan. Now there is an in principle decision to consider the motion.

The Assembly will be convened on Monday to pass the finance bill. The notice for no-confidence motion will also be presented in the Assembly at this time. Usually, 2-3 days of discussions will be held over a no-confidence motion notice. But as the Assembly is being convened for a single day, the discussions may only last 3-4 hours.

After holding discussions with the Opposition, the Speaker will decide the time to be allotted for discussing the no-confidence motion. Maximum 4 hours is likely to be allotted for the discussion.

The no-confidence motion is destined to fail. The Opposition had levelled serious allegations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his office outside the Assembly. Now the Opposition is aiming to turn the Assembly into a protest venue. This is the political motive behind the no-confidence motion.

The Opposition had levelled two major allegations. The first was that the CM’s office was directly involved in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case. The second allegation was that officials including the CM’s former secretary M. Sivasankar were aware of the smuggling. The Opposition has been using this political tactic to keep the CM well inside the shadow of the case.

Visuals of the Speaker taking part in the inauguration of a shop owned by an accused in the gold smuggling case had come out. As the Speaker’s integrity was questioned, the Opposition moved a no-confidence motion against him.

However, rules stipulate that a 14-day prior notice regarding the no-confidence motion notice against the Speaker must be received by the Assembly Secretary. As this norm was not followed, the no-confidence motion against the speaker will not be considered.

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