Dollar smuggling: Speaker denies permission for adjournment motion; Oppn boycotts assembly


R Ananthakrishnan / Mathrubhumi News

Opposition members boycotting assembly Photo: Mathrubhumi News screen grab

Thiruvananthapuram: The Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, MB Rajesh, denied permission for an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition.

The Opposition served a notice for adjournment motion requesting to discuss the statement of the accused in the gold smuggling case revealing the chief minister’s role in dollar smuggling. Soon after the permission was denied, the opposition boycotted the assembly and staged a sit-in-protest in front of the entrance.

The adjournment motion was moved by MLA P T Thomas requesting discussion on the matter. However, the speaker said that holding a discussion on the matter only on the basis of the statement of the accused is not right. He added that the matter is under consideration of various courts and it doesn't have to be discussed in the assembly.

Meanwhile, opposition leader V D Satheesan asked whether they should discuss the topic somewhere else. The issues like self-finance, Sabarimala verdict, Kodakara hawala case and similar matters were discussed in the assembly. But why the government takes a different stance only on this matter, he asked.

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