Kerala

Assembly witnesses unusual scenes

Ruling, Opposition members come very close to exchanging blows

The Assembly witnessed unusual incidents on Thursday with the ruling and Opposition members coming very close to exchanging blows over Deputy Leader of Opposition M.K. Muneer’s statement on the women’s wall planned on January 1.

Dr. Muneer sought leave for an adjournment motion on the women’s wall and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the idea had evolved at a meeting of community organisations held in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala.

The government would not bear the expenses for the initiative.

Girl students had not been told to skip classes to join the wall. But those abstaining from the initiative would have no place in history, he added.

Dr. Muneer said the people would pull down the proposed ‘communal wall’ like the way the Berlin wall was demolished.

Infuriated Left Democratic Front (LDF) members moved out of their seats and disrupted Dr. Muneer’s speech demanding withdrawal of the statement.

Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan’s assurance that comments without a factual basis would be expunged did not pacify the LDF members and the Speaker then adjourned the House for discussions.

Complaint filed

On reassembling, Mr. Sreeamakrishnan said women members had filed a complaint against the statement and requested Dr. Muneer to repeal it, but he refused, again evoking strong protests from the LDF members.

Once the din reached a frenetic pitch, Mr. Sreeramakrishnan denied leave for the motion.

The enraged Opposition members then moved out of their seats raising slogans against Mr. Sreeramakrishnan and Mr. Vijayan.

Before trooping out of the floor, they came face to face with LDF members who continued sloganeering to counter them.

Soon the situation took a violent turn and went to the verge of exchanging blows.

Senior members of both sides intervened to avert a showdown.

The UDF members then squatted on the floor, raised slogans and boycotted the House. Mr. Sreeramakrishnan then completed the day’s business in haste and adjourned the Assembly.

Earlier, the Opposition boycotted the question hour in support of the stir by the three UDF legislators.

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