Thiruvananthapuram | Expressing deep concern at the unruly scenes in the Kerala Assembly, Governor P Sathasivam today said he would submit a report to the President on the developments and stressed that appropriate action needs to be taken against those responsible for the ‘unruly behaviour’.
In a press statement, he expressed ‘deep concern’ about the happenings in the Assembly, which were ‘most unfortunate and something which should have never happened on the floor of the Legislative Assembly’, which he described as the temple of democracy. The happenings on the floor of the Assembly on March 13 may even justify submission of a report by the Governor to the President of India under Article 356 of the Constitution of India, he stated.
The Governor will be informing the happenings to the President also, he stated and called for ‘well considered views and proposals from the Government in order to ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not happen on the floor of the Assembly in future’.
The Governor said that from the report of the Assembly Secretary, letter given by the Speaker and visuals and media reports about the incidents in the House, ‘it is seen that prima facie pandemonium broke out on the floor of the Assembly due to the protest of the opposition against the Finance Minister presenting the Budget and several members misbehaved in an unruly manner even towards the Speaker’.
The Governor pointed out that on March 10, the opposition leader and three others had requested that Finance Minister K M Mani should not present the Budget. On March 11, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had replied saying that the request ‘deserves outright rejection’.
After the violent incidents in the Assembly yesterday, the opposition leader and others had submitted another representation to the Governor, alleging that it cannot be considered that the FM had presented the Budget and Sathasivam should consider and clarify if it had been presented or not.
The BJP also in their representation had alleged that the Budget day proceedings should be declared unconstitutional, the Governor said.
The former CJI pointed that the Legislature Secretary in his report on the incidents had stated that the Speaker’s chair was removed from the dais and thrown into the House well and even the announcing system was destroyed at the instance of the opposition members. The Speaker had invited the FM to present the Budget amidst the pandemonium and accordingly he presented the Budget and Vote on Account. The Speaker had as per the March 14 letter also confirmed the above facts, the statement said.
At the same time, it is for the Speaker to call the House in order and it is reported that according to the Speaker, he had invited the Finance Minister to present the Budget amidst the disturbances, it said. The Governor also highlighted the necessity to pass the Appropriate Bill for Supplementary Demands for Grants and Vote on Accounts by the Assembly on or before March 31, failing which the state may have to face a financial breakdown.
The Assembly had witnessed unruly scenes yesterday after opposition LDF vandalised the Speaker’s podium, engaged in blows with ruling front members and watch and ward staff in an effort to prevent Mani, facing bribery charges in the bar scam, from presenting the Budget.
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