Special Correspondent

Resolution condemning arrest warrant against Balan

Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy and other UDF leaders on Wednesday met Speaker K. Radhakrishnan and registered their protest at the "unfair" manner in which the ruling front pushed through a resolution condemning a Palakkad court's arrest warrant against Electricity Minister A.K. Balan.

They also informed the Speaker about their decision not to cooperate with Government's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Kerala Ministry under E.M.S. Namboodiripad. The leaders said that the Opposition was not consulted on the resolution and the decision was against the understanding arrived at the Speaker's meeting with party leaders soon after the House proceedings were stalled on Tuesday.

Mr. Chandy said the Opposition felt let down especially when it had expressed willingness to cooperate with the Speaker for the smooth conduct of the House.

Mr. Chandy expressed serious concern at the way the rules and procedures were violated to ensure passage of the resolution which itself was out of place.

The Speaker expressed his helplessness at the situation stating that the Government had the right to bring a resolution any time.

Congress Legislature Party secretary K.C. Joseph, in his letter to the Speaker, said the Opposition was pained at the way the time tested rules and procedures of the Assembly had been violated. He pointed out that the contentious resolution was not circulated even at the time when the Law Minister moved it in the House. The Government did not give any opportunity to the Opposition to study the resolution and come up with any amendments.

The decision to bulldoze the resolution using the brute strength of the ruling front would remain a black mark in the history of the Assembly, he said.