Assembly adjourned following uproar over solar scam

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016,12:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition created uproar in Kerala Assembly Tuesday seeking resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other corruption-tainted ministers in the wake of latest revelations in the solar scam.

Speaker Shakthan denied permission to Deputy Opposition leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for moving an adjournment motion to discuss the solar issue.

The Opposition members displayed in the Assembly placards and banners demanding the resignation of the CM. Proceedings were disrupted right from the beginning of the Question Hour. Though the speaker announced the issue could be discussed in the Zero Hour, the Opposition insisted on an instant discussion.

Speaking on a notice for adjournment motion, Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan said Oommen Chandy is a leader who knows Sarith Nair, the main accused in the solar scam, very well. He claimed that Saritha had the freedom to enter in the C.M.’s kitchen. She had permission to enter Cliff House without producing pass. He went on to say that Saritha had taken part in a prayer meeting attended by Chief Minister and his close relatives. Saritha even had permission to nurse the C.M.’s wife, according to V.S.

Achuthanandan said he feels ashamed to remain as the Opposition leader in a House where Oommen Chandy continues to be the Chief Minister.

And when the Opposition leader started making remarks about Chandy Oommen, the son of the Chief Minister, ruling party members raised strong objection to it. They wanted the personal remarks against the C.M. to be removed from the House records. The Opposition protested against this, leading to suspension of proceedings.

When the House reconvened after one hour, Opposition leader insisted on discussion on adjournment motion. As the Speaker made it clear that it cannot be allowed, the Opposition members rushed to the well of the house. The Speaker adjourned the House for the day.