Opposition declares satyagraha inside Assembly; Deliberate move to disrupt house, says ruling party

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AN Shamseer, VD Satheesan | Photo: Screengrab/Sabha TV

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led UDF on Tuesday intensified its protest in the Kerala Assembly by declaring indefinite 'Satyagraha' in the well of the House by five of its members against the CPI(M)-led government's "arrogant" approach towards its various demands. Opposition members Anwar Sadath, Kurukkoli Moideen, AKM Ashraf, T J Vinod and Uma Thomas would stage an indefinite satyagraha in the well of the House against the government, accusing it of not taking steps to ensure the proper functioning of the House.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader VD Satheesan slammed the government’s action and termed it “arrogant”. However, Revenue Minister K Rajan criticised the opposition’s move and said hunger strikes are not in accordance to the rules of the house.

“While the issue of the opposition’s parallel session is still in debate, the declaration of strike is a challenge to the house proceedings. The speaker should issue a special ruling in this regard,” said the minister.

Following this, Speaker AN Shamseer noted that the opposition’s approach is not suited for a state Assembly like Kerala. In response to deputy opposition leader Kunhalikutty’s claim that the opposition was not invited for talks, Shamseer clarified that although invited they chose not to partake.

“Why is the Speaker not asking about the issues of the opposition? Aren’t we people who should run the government? Shouldn’t there be talks? Why isn't there any?” asked Kunhalikutty.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Self Governments MB Rajesh alleged that the opposition is deliberately disrupting the Assembly and demanded the Speaker to issue a ruling against them.

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