Sensitive Sabarimala issue makes the CPM-led government unable to conduct Assembly proceedings for the consecutive day, today. The winter session of the assembly started three days ago, witnessing disruptions every day.
For the third consecutive day the Congress-led opposition disrupted the proceedings forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House within 20 minutes. Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan wound up the day’s business amid Opposition protests against the reluctance of the speaker to allow them to raise the Sabarimala issue through an adjournment motion.
As soon as Question Hour began, UDF MLAs rushed to the speaker’s podium armed with a black banner and placards raising slogans demanding withdrawal of Section 144 (prohibitory orders) in Sabarimala Temple complex and protection of faith of pilgrims.
Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala requested the Speaker to do away with the question hour and take up their adjournment motion to discuss hardships being faced by hundreds of pilgrims visiting Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala during the ongoing “Mandala Makkaravillakku” season.
Speaker told the opposition that it was flouting all the accepted norms of the legislature and was behaving irresponsible. “This issue has already been discussed for more than eight hours and there has been no new development at all. We will allow you to raise this issue as a submission,” said the Speaker.
This led to sloganeering by the opposition near the Speaker’s podium, forcing him to rush through the day’s business and adjourn the House till Monday.
Chennithala deplored that yesterday, State Minister of Devasoms Kadakampally Surendran told the media that we (opposition) ran away. “We are very much here, but you do not give us the time and the space to present our case. We demand that we be given time today,” he added. He blamed the Speaker of prejudice in his attitude towards the opposition.