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UDF Adamant for Minister’s Resignation, Boycotts Assembly 

Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Congress-led UDF today staged a walkout from the Kerala Assembly in protest against the denial of an adjournment motion seeking discussion over alleged misuse of power by the office of Health Minister K.K. Shailaja in the appointment of members for Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Seeking the leave of the House to move an adjournment motion in this regard, K.C. Joseph of Congress alleged that the Minister has received severe criticism from the High Court over the appointments violating the rules.

“Five MLAs have been staging an indefinite dharna in front of the House for four days. This is unfortunate as the government has not taken a decision on the resignation of the Minister, who came under serious corruption allegations including nepotism,” Joseph added.

“The MLAs— Roji. M. John, V.P. Sajeendran, Eldhose Kunnappilly, N. Samsudeen and T.V. Ibrahim were continuing their agitation in front of the Assembly,” he added.

In his reply, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that the court has not made any adverse remarks against the Minister, and the government has approached the court to expunge some references against the Minister, who was not aware of the appointments.

Following the reply, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan denied permission to move the adjournment motion leading to protest by the Opposition. Opposition leader in Ramesh Chennithala alleged that CPI(M)-led Left Government in the State was functioning in a feudal manner.

“The High Court has mentioned that the Health Minister was not respecting the public interest and even the government is functioning in a feudal manner,” he added.

Later, in protest against the government’s stand, the Opposition members staged a walkout.

Earlier, when the Question Hour began, the entire Opposition members entered the Well and staged a sit-in dharna by shouting slogans against the Minister and the government, seeking the resignation of the Minister.

High Court expunges remarks against Health Minister

Providing huge relief to Minister K.K. Shailaja, the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today expunged the remarks made by the Single Bench against her.

The Bench removed the remarks while considering the petition filed by the government in connection with the appointments to the State Child Rights Commission.

Meanwhile, the Division Bench clarified that the Single Bench’s order of cancelling the appointment to the Child Rights Commission will stand.