The Centre did not oppose the move to send them back to Italy to cast their vote, Achuthanandan said. “They (the marines) could have opted for postal or online voting. But they were allowed to go scot-free in the name of voting.”
Italy, Achuthanandan further insisted, had taken India for a ride on various occasions. The country got a raw deal since the time of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in matters like Bofors. Following his remarks, the treasury benches were in arms. Even Speaker G Karthikeyan cautioned Achuthanandan.
Later, the opposition members staged a walkout after the Speaker turned down their adjournment motion.