Opposition leaves Kerala Assembly at Question Time
Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) lawmakers walked out of Kerala’s Legislative Assembly during Question Time on Monday, accusing President MB Rajesh of allowing the ruling front to file “charged requests” for denigrate the opposition.
Opposition leader VD Satheeshan doubted the president followed proper procedure in allowing three “leading questions” that accused the UDF of undermining the previous government’s attempts to alleviate the social distress and economic devastation caused by the consecutive natural disasters. and the Nipah and COVID-19 epidemics.
Mr Satheeshan said the questions from the ruling front looked more like an accusation than a real question. He raised a point of order. Citing the rules of procedure, he said the president had not prevented the ruling front from filing the defamatory questions. He asked the President not to allow the question.
Mr. Rajesh said he would vote on the point of order raised by the Leader of the Opposition later.
However, the rules of the House did not give the Speaker any power to withdraw an issue raised by a legislator. Only the Member who submitted the question was authorized to do so.
Upset by the President’s response, Satheeshan led the opposition benches in a walkout, telling Rajesh that “you (the President) are not protecting us (the opposition)”.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who answered questions, avoided dwelling on the controversial part of the request.