For a change, today it was ruling LDF MLAs, who disrupted proceedings of Kerala assembly, protesting against remark by Deputy Leader of Opposition MK Muneer, who termed the proposed Women’s Wall, a communal wall. Muneer said that if Berlin Wall had collapsed, this communal wall would also collapse. The mention of communal wall in his speech, during the zero hour, provoked the MLAs of the ruling front.
The assembly has seen unprecedented pandemonium, which led to suspension of the session for some time and later adjourned sine die. It has witnessed tumultuous scenes as the opposition members and the ruling side locked horn over the proposed ‘women wall’ in the state. LDF members unanimously demanded to withdraw the communal wall mentioning. This led to a sesrious verbal fight between the MLAs of the treasury and opposition benches.
It was Minister A K Balan, who first raised objection when Muneer moved the adjournment motion. He said that it can’t be allowed as `communal wall’ was mentioned. Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan also said that such allegation shouldn’t be made without having the backing of facts. When the attempt to pacify the opposition side failed, Speaker suspended the proceedings and went for a temporary break.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his speech under Rule 50 at the Assembly clarified that the women wall is indeed a step to protect the renaissance values the state has been cherishing from long ago. It is a practical intervention by the state to save the gender equality and it will blunt the propaganda being spread by a section to take the state to a dark age. He also taunted M K Muneer who takes up the issue on the floor.
Although the House assembled shortly after the break, the commotion continued with ruling side aggressively defending the chief minister, forcing the opposition to boycott the day’s proceedings.
Earlier, the Opposition members walked out of the assembly when the Question Hour began in the morning over Sabarimala issue. Though the opposition members sought government intervention into the fast by three UDF MLAs, the state government turned a blind eye to their demand which provoked the opposition to go for a walkout.