Speaker AN Shamseer
Thiruvananthapuram: Speaker AN Shamseer on Thursday requested the opposition to cooperate with the Chair to run the Kerala Assembly.
What transpired the previous day was unfortunate and never should have happened, he said, referring to the protests by UDF MLAs in front of the Speaker's office on Assembly premises on Wednesday.
While highlighting the right of the opposition to stage a protest, Shamseer also requested opposition MLAs to cooperate with the assembly session. "A meeting between the ruling and opposition fronts has addressed the matter," he added.
The Speaker also criticised opposition members for recording visuals in the Assembly using mobile phones and sharing them on public platforms. He noted that he has provisions to deny mobile phones inside the assembly hall. He went a further step ahead and said there is technology to block recording inside the Assembly. It is unclear what he was referring to.
Reacting to this, opposition leader VD Satheesan argued that Sabha TV is biassed towards the ruling front and has abstained from showing opposition protests or sometimes even its members speaking the Assembly. He added that the opposition's rights are often denied in assembly.
VD Satheesan also demanded action against Watch and Guard staff who allegedly manhandled UDF MLAs during the protest on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Speaker suspended the question hour due to protests from opposition MLAs.