P Rajeev | Videograb: SabhaTV/YouTube
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala industries minister P Rajeev on Tuesday slammed the opposition for its “non-cooperation” on “matters affecting the state” and said that the people will not forgive their actions. He was replying to the discussion on Financial Business.
“There are matters on which we differ. We can have all the debates we want. However, when it comes to matters that require joint action, we must cooperate. People will not forgive the opposition for what they are doing now,” he said in the Assembly.
The opposition should have congratulated the workers who doused the fire at Brahmapuram dumpyard, he said. UDF staged a walkout after the Speaker denied permission to move an adjournment motion on the matter.
“The opposition is disturbed and disappointed that the fire (in Brahmapuram) has been doused. Our fire force, police, health department, civil force and volunteers worked hard to extinguish the fire. It is a commendable effort. Local self-government minister MB Rajesh had said in the Assembly that a fire in the 13-acre landfill in Alabama in the US that was started in November has not yet been extinguished," the minister said.
Rajeev quoted a Centre for Science and Environment report and said that there are 3,159 landfills in the country with 800 million tonnes of waste. He elaborated on the fire extinguishing methods at Brahmapuram and justified the decisions.
"The Kerala High Court has asked the corporation to file a report about the waste management actions of the past seven years in the Kochi Corporation. Some in this Assembly have lost their sleep due to that,” he mocked.
Rajeev also reminded that UDF legislators boycotted the entrepreneurs' meeting in Kochi which was a political decision.