MLA Murali Perunelly speaks in the Assembly | Screengrab/SabhaTV
Thiruvananthapuram: Manalur MLA Murali Perunelly's comment on the ‘Jai Bhim’ slogan raised by the UDF members while demanding the resignation of the former minister Saji Cheriyan over the anti-constitutional remarks has triggered a fresh row.
The CPM member, during the discussion on the appropriation bills, mocked Congress for raising the ‘Jaim Bhim’ slogan in the Assembly.
"Congress party is doing nothing to resist the Narendra Modi government, which is trying to convert secular India into a theocracy. Now, the Congress is acting like they are the protectors of the Constitution over the speech of Saji Cheriyan. It was Ambedkar who said the Article 356 of the Indian Constitution will not be invoked ever. Did Congress listen to him in 1959 (while dismissing the EMS Namboothiripad government)? They are now sloganeering 'Jai Bhim Jai Bhim'. What Bhim are they talking about? The beam of Palarivattom bridge that was damaged?" asked Murali taking a jibe at the corruption allegations over the Kochi construction during the UDF government.
The LDF members banged the benches in support of his comment.
Taking offence at the remark, Mannarkkad MLA N Shamsudheen and Kalpetta MLA T Siddique asked Perunelly to apologise for disrespecting Ambedkar. Alathur member KD Prasenan, who was on the chair, said the matter can be reviewed.
UDF members said CPM is continuing to abuse Dr BR Ambedkar.
Fraternity Movement, the students wing of Welfare Party of India, asked CPM to make its stand clear on the matter.
Film director Dr Biju said that the comment of Murali is not mere lack of knowledge, but accidental exposure of his basic ideology.
Congress, which accused CPM of disrespecting Ambedkar over the comments of Saji Cheriyan, is less likely to avoid this speech in the coming days.