TAMIL NADU

Opposition likely to stall House proceedings

KOCHI, NOV. 29. The Opposition would adopt a tough stand in the impending session of the State Assembly, including stalling of proceedings, demanding action in the Kozhikode ice-cream parlour sex scandal and other sexual harassment cases, said V. S. Achuthanandan, Opposition leader.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr. Achuthanandan said the Opposition would use the floor of the Assembly to stage its protests against the stand adopted by the Government in the issue related to P. K. Kunhalikutty, Industries Minister, and Kaviyoor, Kiliroor sex scandals.

He said the Opposition would not ask any questions to Mr. Kunhalikutty. If the Minister appeared in the Assembly to answer any questions, the Opposition would raise protests, he said.

"We may consider whether to allow the Assembly to function during the session. Even if we decide to stage walkouts, we would come back to the floor as it is learnt that the Government is planning to bring in some legislations that may adversely affect farmers and economically weaker sections of society," Mr. Achutanandan said.

Charges denied

Denying the allegations that the CPI (M) was soft-pedalling the campaign and agitations against Mr. Kunhalikutty, he said the agitations and campaigns organised by the Opposition had forced the Minister to abandon all the public functions.

If Mr. Kunhalikutty appeared in any public functions, he would face the heat of the Opposition agitation, including black flag protests, he said.

He said that Mr. Kunhalikutty, scared of the Opposition agitation, was skipping public functions and "hiding in some burrows."

He said the allegation that sons of two prominent CPI (M) leaders were involved in the Kiliroor sex scandal had come to his notice and it was up to the Government and its investigation agency to probe those issues.

Probe decisions

Mr. Achutanandan said it was up to the State Government to probe the allegations that some at the helm of affairs of the previous LDF Government spiked the reports of Kallada Sukumaran, the former Director General of Prosecution, against Mr. Kunhalikutty and K. M. Mani, the Revenue Minster, and derailed the investigations into some sensitive cases.

The performance of M. A. Baby and E. P. Jayarajan, the CPI (M) secretaries of Alappuzha and Thrissur district committees, would be evaluated at the district conferences of the party, he said. The CPI (M) had appointed Mr. Baby and Mr. Jayarajan as the district secretaries for ending factionalism in these districts.

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