Popular misconceptions about the way the Assembly functions can prove costly for members.

Releasing ‘Sabhathalam: Nammude Niyamanirmana Sabhakal,’ authored by journalist Sunnykutty Abraham, here on Tuesday, Mr. Chandy narrated this anecdote from his early years. A friend of his was getting married when the House was in session. As there was no way he could leave the House, Mr. Chandy went to the friend’s place the previous evening and explained the situation to him. But the next day there was a walkout in the House. The next time he met his friend, what he wanted to know was why the MLA could not attend the wedding even after the walkout. “This only shows that ordinary people don’t know much about the specifics of the Assembly’s work,” Mr. Chandy pointed out.