Kerala Assembly witnesses turmoil, adjourns for the day

Kerala Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday after members of the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Opposition Congress-led UDF created a furore over the functioning of Bhutan lotteries.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

Thiruvananathapuram: Kerala Assembly was
adjourned on Tuesday after members of the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and
Opposition Congress-led UDF created a furore over the
functioning of Bhutan lotteries.

Speaker K Radhakrishnan adjourned the House for the day
after going through other business when the first adjournment
for an hour failed to pacify the treasury and opposition
benches which continued their outburst in the House.

Trouble began when Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, in
his reply to a submission of VD Sateeshan of Congress on the
lottery issue, made some critical references to the ice cream
parlour sex scam and Edamalayar graft cases allegedly
involving UDF leaders P K Kuhnalikutty and K Balakrishna
Pillai.

Opposition members objected to Achuthudanan`s reference
to other cases and said the Chief Minister was deviating from
the subject of submission.

However, Achuthanandan maintained that during his
submission, Sateeshan had stated certain things other than the
lottery issue and he had to reply to the allegations.

Opposition members disrupted the Chief Minister`s speech
and entered the well of the House several times.

During his speech, Achuthanandan challenged opposition
leader Oommen Chandy and KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala to
prove their allegations that an `agent` was working for the
Chief Minister in Delhi to deal with Supreme Court cases.

Achuthanandan said it was a serious allegation and the
apex court and Centre should take note of it and hold inquiry.

Sateeshan alleged that the CBI probe into the Bhutan
lottery case was `scuttled` by interference of Achuthanandan`s
son Arun Kumar.

Achuthanandan said it was the Centre that was trying to
protect the lottery mafia as Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi
appeared for Bhutan lottery operator in Kerala High Court.

PTI