On first day of Kerala Assembly session, Opposition disrupts proceedings over attack on Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad office

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The fifth session of the Kerala Assembly Monday had a stormy start with Congress-led opposition members protesting against last week’s attack on party MP Rahul Gandhi’s office in Wayanad. As the protest continued, Speaker M B Rajesh adjourned the Assembly for the day.

When the session began, Opposition members, many of them wearing black shirts, turned up holding placards. When the Question Hour in the Assembly began, the Opposition members stood up protesting and shouting slogans. They wanted the House to discuss the attack on Rahul Gandhi’s office, but the Speaker denied permission for it.

Although the Speaker suspended the proceedings for a short time, the Opposition members trooped to the well of the House. The members of the ruling bench also joined the commotion shouting slogans against the Opposition, which boycotted the proceedings. The Assembly was then adjourned for the day after obituary references.

Opposition Leader V D Satheesan later told the media that the Opposition wanted the attack on Rahul Gandhi’s office to be discussed after suspending the proceedings. “We had served notice for discussing it. When we raised slogans, even ministers were trying to suppress the rights of the opposition. Even ministers were raising provocative slogans, which showed the ruling bench wanted to create tension in the assembly. Hence, we have decided to boycott the assembly,” said Satheesan.

Satheesan said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is behaving like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Vijayan is following the model of Modi. Vijayan is behaving like an autocrat. When the Opposition members were raising the protest, Sabha TV did not stream the visuals of the protest, which is against the freedom of the media,’’ he said.

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