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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan scores high on Kerala Assembly session finale

Even as an apparently jubilant chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the very first opportunity on Thursday to score high on SNC Lavalin and a High Court single bench discharging him from the list of  

Published: 25th August 2017 01:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2017 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as an apparently jubilant chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the very first opportunity on Thursday to score high on SNC Lavalin and a High Court single bench discharging him from the list of  accused in the case the other day, while also presenting the achievements of his one-and-half-year-old government, the Opposition stood ground and fired back on the last day of  the Assembly session. Pinarayi did not care  to address the notice for an adjournment motion connected with the UDF stir and demand for a discussion on the four-day-old satyagraha of five MLAs inside the Assembly, demanding the resignation of  Health Minister K K Shylaja in the wake of  repeated  adverse court observations, as he was seemingly carried away by the decisive court verdict in his favour. UDF legislators, who kept protesting in the Well of  the House during the question hour, later boycotted the proceedings and subsequently, KC(M) MLAs and BJP’s O Rajagopal walked out in protest.

On the notice for the motion given by K C Joseph (Cong), the chief minister insisted at the outset that there was no need for  the minister to quit over the HC observations in the judgment passed on the member appointments of  the State Child Rights Commission. He took the court strictures lightly and maintained that T B Suresh, on whose appointment all the hue and cry was going on, had no criminal cases against him but involved only in cases related to ‘social issues’,and the court has not  nullified the appointments.The Chief Minister stuck to his guns and turned down the demand for  Shylaja’s resignation,but only after devoting himself  for around half-an-hour with assertions in the SNC Lavalin case. The entire House remained in rapt attention to his words. He underscored that he had no apprehensions in the past or on even on the day of  judgment, that truth will prevail. 

He said the government cannot be termed as a Communist rule, but only a dispensation inclusive of  communists and constrained to function within the framework of  the Centre and the Constitution. “But the LDF government is trying to deliver good  to the people within these limitations,” he claimed.

Criticising the Chief Minister for not addressing the adjournment motion notice, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said the judgment on SCRC appointments clearly states misuse of  power by minister Shylaja. It has struck down the appointment of  two members including T B Suresh,citing the police report that he was involved in 12 criminal cases, he said.

Crushing the claims of  Pinarayi that his government stands by the poor and sidelined sections, Ramesh said the High Court chief justice sorted out the self-financing medical admissions and fee issue in a single day, when the government miserably failed to set the record straight even after getting 4-5 months for it.

On the Lavalin case, the Opposition leader said the case has been reopened now .The final outcome of  the Jayalalithaa and Lalu Prasad Yadav corruption cases, which were disposed by the trial court and dealt by the apex court later, is relevant, he said announcing the boycott.



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