Opposition walks out, adjournment motion rejected
Thiruvananthapuram: The adjournment motion moved by UDF in the assembly to discuss the efforts to rebuild Kerala was rejected by speaker P Sreeramakrishnan after the opposition staged a walk out.
The opposition walked out expressing dissatisfaction in the responses of ministers after VD Satheesan presented the adjournment motion.
The opposition alleged that rebuilding Kerala project remained on paper. “The government did not fulfill its promises. It was planning for Rs 40,000 crore rebuilding project with only Rs 4,200 crore in the treasury,” the opposition said. The opposition MLAs alleged that the chief minister’s arguments were not genuine.
As many as 17 MLAs, including those representing areas that were worst affected by the floods, and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala took part in the adjournment motion along with VD Satheesan.
Addressing a press conference after walking out, Chennithala said that the government had not taken account of the damages and losses. Not a penny has been distributed as flood relief. “The opposition is ready to approach the central government for more relief fund. An all-party delegation must meet the prime minister for this. But the state government is not performing its duty,” he said.
Meanwhile, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the opposition having second thoughts about the centre’s neglect was a welcome change. He stated that agreement letter for salary challenge was sought to directly deduct the amount from employee’s accounts.