No constitutional collapse, says CM

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.   | Photo Credit: M. Prabhu

There is no constitutional collapse in the State and no intention on the part of Ministers to violate the collective responsibility of the Cabinet, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. Rights enshrined in the Constitution were being protected by the government and people’s support to the LDF government was on the rise. Welfare measures were being executed with collective responsibility, the Chief Minister told the Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr. Vijayan was responding to a submission by V.D. Satheesan on the remarks made against the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) by Minister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran and the lack of collective responsibility of the Cabinet.

The Chief Minister said that the Minister had stated that he had not spoken against the KIIFB and read out a rejoinder issued by Mr. Sudhakaran. The media had distorted the speech of the Minister, he said.

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala asked the Chief Minister whether he was ready to listen to the CD of the speech made by Mr. Sudhakaran and telecast by Malayalam channel.

Mr. Vijayan’s comment on the political leanings of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, and his influence in the news production in the satellite channel led to verbal duel between the treasury and Opposition benches. Mr. Sudhakaran clarified that he had only talked about the hurdles faced in executing projects.

Following this, the Opposition walked out of the House in protest against Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan’s denial of permission to move the leave for notice for Mr. Satheesan’s notice on an adjournment motion on the issue. The Opposition returned to their seats after the Speaker said the issue could be taken as the first submission of the day.

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