Same may apply for demand for grants too

The United Democratic Front (UDF) is likely to adopt the guillotine route in the Assembly to get the demands for grants for various departments and the Finance Bill passed in the face of an Opposition agitation demanding Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s resignation in the solar scam.

The leadership meeting of the UDF met here on Tuesday morning and discussed the options before it to face the agitation of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) inside the Assembly and outside. One of the options that came up for discussion was to guillotine the demands for grants and the Finance Bill at one go.

Previous case

Sources said the LDF had done this in June 2000. On that occasion, Speaker M. Vijaya Kumar had helped the government go through the motions of passing the Finance Bill and the demands for grants by resorting to guillotine.

The Bill was passed without being sent to the Subject Committee. The UDF was then on an agitation against the manner in which the government implemented its policy of introducing the higher secondary school system in the State.

The UDF leaders felt that more patience need to be displayed now since the coalition was keen on constructive debates on the demands for grants and the Finance Bill prior to passing them. It was decided to wait for a day to review the contours of the agitation now being forged by the Opposition.

UDF sources pointed out that the coalition’s evaluation was that the Opposition agitation was able to get momentum because the Assembly was in session.

‘No alternative’

A few more attempts would be made to bring the LDF around and if those failed, the government had no alternative but to go for the guillotine route.

At a press conference, Information and Public Relations Minister K.C. Joseph criticised the former Speaker M. Vijaya Kumar for his charge that Speaker G. Karthikeyan was supporting the ruling front out of the way.

Mr. Joseph pointed to some of the decisions that Mr. Vijaya Kumar had taken as Speaker.

The former Speaker K. Radhakrishnan had formulated a code of conduct for MLAs, which had imposed restrictions on stalling the proceedings during the question jour. The LDF had violated that code.

  • UDF mulls option in the face of Opposition agitation

  • LDF had taken the route in June 2000