Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Assembly adjourned again, oppn MLAs begin fast

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly was adjourned Wednesday for the second consecutive day following disruption of assembly proceedings over the strike staged by youth congress against the fee hike in self-financing colleges.

As part of UDF taking over the strike staged by youth congress, Congress MLAs Hibi Eden, Shafi Parambil and Kerala Congress (J) MLA Anoop Jacob have started an indefinite fast at the entrance of the assembly complex. Expressing solidariy, Muslim League MLAs K M Shaji and N Shamsudee have also joined the fast. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala while talking to reporters said the government should not think that they can suppress our protests via grenade and tear gas shells.

The opposition started disrupting the assembly proceedings when the session was convened in the morning. The opposition holding placards shouted slogans in front of the speaker’s dais as soon as the question hour began. They protested seeking to repeal the fee hike and expunge the chief minister’s remark. Though the speaker requested the members to calm down, they did not pay heed to it. Speaker informed that opposition leader would be permitted to make a statement during zero hour. However, they continued shouting slogans. The question hour continued without any obstacle amidst the uproar.

Even after the end of the question hour, the uproar continued and it was difficult to continue the proceedings. The ruling front tried to disrupt when Chennithala spoke. He later alleged that they switched off his mike. He complained to the speaker that they did not permit him to speak.

Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan informed that the assembly is being adjourned when the opposition continued their protests again. They later moved to the entrance with banners and shouting slogans.

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