Kuttiady MLA wears mask, gloves to Assembly; minister says trivialising serious issue
Thiruvananthapuram: The monsoon session of the assembly which began here today after the much-hyped Chengannur by-poll was marked by some interesting moments.
Kuttiady MLA Parakkal Abdulla reached the House wearing a mask and gloves in the assembly in order to bring the Nipah virus threat to the attention of the House. The MLA took extra precaution and wore a mask in the wake of the deadly virus attack in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Other MLAs were seen enquiring about it and even some shook hands with him.
Health minister K K Shailaja condemned his act calling it an attempt to belittle a serious issue. She said wearing masks needs the special direction of the Health department. Either he must have been infected with Nipah virus or must have been in contact with the infected. If he had maintained any contact with those infected, then he must have avoided the Assembly, said the Health Minister.
Other MLAs were heard saying he has made himself a clown.
Reacting to the issue, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said most of the people in Kozhikode can be seen with masks and Parakkal Abdulla did this to bring the issue to the attention of the Assembly.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a serious health issue was trivialized by the MLA and this is condemnable.