Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led LDF
Opposition in Kerala on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Assembly
in protest against the Speaker`s refusal to permit a
discussion on the alleged misuse of government machinery by
the ruling UDF.
The Opposition had accused UDF of misusing the government
machinery to take over the administration of the State
Agriculture Co-operative Bank (SACB).
Seeking leave for an adjournment motion on the matter,
senior CPI(M)leader E P Jayarajan claimed the government
through an ordinance had cancelled the affiliation of 17
primary Agriculture co-operative Banks just to take over the
administration of SACB.
Co-operative sector is in a crisis as disbursement of
loans to farmers has been hit due to the development, he said.
Rejecting the Opposition charges, Chief Minister Oommen
Chandy said his government`s decision was in adherence to the
guidelines of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
State Co-operation Minister C N Balakrishnan said the
ordinance was legal and the Kerala High court had also
ratified the decision by dismissing a petition filed against
Speaker G Karthikeyan refused leave for the motion
following the ministers` response.
Before staging the walkout, Opposition leader V S
Achuthanandan charged the government with adopting
undemocratic methods to capture co-operative banks that were
now in the hands of LDF.