Kerala: 5 Oppn MLAs suspended for creating ruckus, House adjourned

  • Agencies, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 15:02 IST

Kerala Assembly on Monday suspended five CPI(M)-led LDF Opposition MLAs till the end of the session for creating ruckus in the assembly last week.

The assembaly had erupted in chaos last Friday as leaders of the opposition tried to prevent finance minister KM Mani, who is facing a vigilance probe in the bar scam case, from presenting the state budget.

Several MLAs were also injured in the clash inside the assembly as the speaker's chair and mikes were thrown by the legislators.

The suspended MLAs are E P Jayarajan, V Sivankutty, K Kunjahmed (all CPI-M), K T Jaleel (LDF IND) and K Ajit (CPI).

A resolution in this regard, moved by chief minister Oommen Chandy, was passed by the house amidst strong protests from Opposition benches and the House adjourned till March 23.

Moving the resolution, Chandy said "unprecedented" incidents on March 13 had brought disgrace to the state. The LDF MLAs "trespassed" to the Speaker's dais and destroyed mike system, computer and chair and threw away the files.

In a democracy, restraint needs to be shown even during protest and the opposition MLAs crossed the limits, he said, adding, LDF was now trying to blame ruling MLAs for the violence.

Referring to the opposition charge of manhandling women MLAs by ruling front, Chandy said the LDF had not given a complaint in this regard to the Speaker in writing. "This is a matter they have brought now to divert the attention from their actions".

He also made it clear that no action will be taken against UDF MLAs who have "not done anything wrong."

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