Assembly adjourned amid Opposition protest over denial of adjournment motion against K. Babu

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016,11:25 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Assembly was adjourned for a second consecutive day amid protests by the Opposition over denying permission for adjournment motion against Excise Minister K. Babu.

As the House convened on Wednesday morning, the Opposition legislators entered the hall with placards demanding resignation of the chief minister and other corruption tainted ministers.

The opposition, which obliged to the Speaker’s request not to disrupt the Question Hour, became agitated after V S Sunilkumar MLA’s notice for an adjournment motion was turned down.

The motion was against the propriety of K. Babu, who is facing probe in the bar bribery case, continuing in the Cabinet.

Speaker Shakthan tried to justify his decision by saying that the issue is under the court’s consideration.

Deputy Opposition leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the right of Opposition members under the Assembly Act should not be denied, and requested the Speaker to at least hear what is stated in the notice.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandhan asked why the Assembly should function when there is no discussion.

The opposition members plunged into the well of the House and shouted slogans.

The Speaker hastened the Assembly proceedings. K. Muraleedharan moved a motion of vote of thanks. Submissions were cancelled.