AN Shamseer | Videograb: YouTube/SabhaTV
Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition on Tuesday protested inside the Assembly and plunged into the well of the House after Speaker AN Shamseer refused permission to move an adjournment motion over the alleged police highhandedness in Kochi Corporation on Monday.
Intrigued by this, the Speaker warned Congress members of "inviting people’s wrath" by taking such actions. Pointing to Chalakudy member TJ Saneesh Kumar Joseph, the Speaker said, "Saneesh, the people of Chalakudy are watching this. You have to come back here in the 16th Assembly. Don’t lose your face. You won by a narrow margin (in the 2021 Assembly elections).” Shamseer also told Palakkad member Shafi Parambil that he would also lose the election next time.
CR Mahesh, Roji M John and TJ Vinod were also issued warning saying people are watching their actions.
UDF had submitted a notice for an adjournment motion under Rule 50 over alleged police action against UDF councillors on the corporation premises on Monday. The Speaker denied permission stating that the Brahmapuram fire issue was discussed in the Assembly on Monday. “There are more than 900 local bodies in Kerala. In institutions with thin margins, such issues (police action) will occur everyday. We cannot discuss it all here. We have more serious issues to handle,” he said.
Satheesan said that the chief minister will have to answer to the motion since it is a law and order issue. “CM is running away from the issue. That is why this motion is denied,” he said.
However, the Speaker said the matter could be presented as the first agenda of Calling Attention.
Responding to this, opposition leader VD Satheesan said that one UDF councillor in Kochi sustained 19 stitches and another member’s leg was broken.
Law minister P Rajeev showed a paper and said that the UDF councillors had already informed the corporation that they would not be able to attend the council meeting on Monday and hence there was no point in discussing the matter in the Assembly.
Opposition then moved to the well of the Assembly with banners. Speaker invited another member to present his Calling Attention.
After walking out of the Assembly, Congress legislators slammed the Speaker for his response and accused him of shielding the chief minister.