THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition UDF created an uproar in the assembly following chief minister’s statement criticizing the incidents that happened yesterday during the march staged by youth congress activists over the self-financing issue. They trooped to the well of the house and shouted slogans. The assembly was adjourned for the day as the proceedings were disrupted.
The chief minister made the controversial statement when he was replying to the adjournment motion moved by Shafi Parambil seeking a discussion on the lathicarge towards the youth congress activists yesterday.
Pinarayi said it is embarrassing to say that police beat them after they applied red ink in their shirts. The youth congress provoked the police during the strike. The police resorted to lathicharge when they tried to attack the police and disrupt transportation. He said the MLAs should be taught to hold talks without engaging in street fights. Soon the opposition trooped to the well of the house and protested.
The chief minister continued his speech amidst the uproar. Whoever creates a commotion, I’ll say what I have to say. Coming with banners in the assembly is to get media attention. Black flags were waved to me by those taken on rent by some channels. The government will not go back from the self-financing deal. The government will give full support to the James Committee. Following chief minister’s reply, the speaker denied permission for the motion.
Meantime, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the chief minister is talking in the assembly like someone talking in the streets. He asked the chief minister to withdraw his statement otherwise we will not cooperate with the assembly proceedings, he said.