CM dismisses Oppn's demand for Sivankutty's resignation, says Govt's move not illegal

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: ANI

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated in the assembly that the government’s stand on the assembly ruckus case was not illegal. He also dismissed the opposition’s demand for Sivankutty's resignation. With this, the opposition members boycotted the assembly session.

The chief minister was responding to the adjournment motion moved by MLA PT Thomas demanding resignation of Education Minister V Sivankutty who is accused in the assembly ruckus case.

The CM added that the government’s move to withdraw the assembly ruckus case was not illegal. However, the government will follow the supreme court’s directive in this matter, he made it clear.

The opposition, during the zero hour, moved a notice for an adjournment motion pressing for his resignation as the Supreme Court had dismissed a government plea seeking withdrawal of a criminal case against LDF MLAs, including Sivankutty, in the case.

Moving the notice, Congress legislator P T Thomas said the incident had brought disgrace to the state Assembly. Referring to the involvement of Sivankutty in the years-old incident, he said how can a minister, who had destroyed public property, give protection to the life and property of people.

However, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected the opposition demand for the minister's resignation. He also justified the government action approaching the apex court with a plea seeking withdrawal of the case involving the Left front MLAs.

Protesting against the Chief Minister's reply, the opposition walked out of the House and announced a boycott of Thursday's House proceedings.

The decision of the Supreme Court on the ruckus in the Kerala Assembly in 2015 has come as a jolt to the second Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in the State.

The court on Wednesday dismissed the appeals, including the one filed by the Kerala government against the High Court order dismissing its plea seeking withdrawal of a criminal case lodged against LDF MLAs in connection with the ruckus.

The court said allowing the prosecution to be withdrawn would amount to interference in normal course of justice for illegitimate reasons.

(With inputs from PTI)

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