LDF boycotts House over `assault` on MLA
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Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 13:01
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M-led LDF Opposition in Kerala on Friday boycotted assembly proceedings on the last day of the budget session to protest government's "failure" to take action against a police officer who allegedly beat up CPI-M MLA K Dasan on March 14.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had assured the House that he would look into the complaint and get back before today when the issue was raised by Dasan, representing Quilandy segment, on March 20.

Before the House took up futher discussion of Kerala Appropriation Bill and Kerala Finance Bill today, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan wanted to know whether any action had been taken against the erring police officer.

Chandy said as per police records and reports, the MLA was not beaten up and was also not injured.

Irked over the attitude of the government on the matter, CPI-M Deputy leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said it was difficult for the Opposition to cooperate with government and LDF was boycotting further proceedings for the day.

Dasan on March 20 had created a flutter by producing a blood-stained shirt which, he claimed, was due to injuries sustained when police 'manhandled' him. The incident occurred when he went to the police station at his constituency on their request to settle a dispute between two parties.

Earlier during zero hour, Opposition staged a walkout alleging that the Congress-led UDF government had surrendered before the management of private self-financing professional colleges run by Inter-Church Council by agreeing to their demand of raising fees for engineering and medicine courses in their colleges.

Replying to the notice for an adjournment motion on the matter moved by Opposition, Chandy said government was in the process of holding discussions with self-financing managements and talks were in final stages.

Government and managements had reached consensus on certain matters, Chandy said, adding, government wanted to find a lasting solution to the problem.

For the first time, the Inter-Church Council has agreed to admit students from government merit list in 50 per cent of seats. Under the council there are four medical colleges and 11 engineering colleges. The annual fees would be Rs 75,000 for engineering and Rs 3.75 lakh in medical colleges.

A new scheme for scholarship to help students in below poverty line and low income group getting admission in these colleges have also been worked out. The fees of SC and ST students would be fully borne by government, he said.

Fees for engineering course in other private self-financing professional colleges would be Rs 40,000 and Rs 65,000 in merit and management seats, an increase of Rs 5000 from last year in both categories.


First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 13:01

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