Noisy scene in assembly over lottery issue

Kerala assembly witnessed noisy scene over certain reamrks made agaist Opposition leader Oommen Chandy by State Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala assembly on Wednesday
witnessed noisy scene over certain reamrks made agaist Opposition leader Oommen Chandy by State Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac.

Trouble started when Issac made certain remarks while stating that Opposition leader was hurling basless charges of corruption in allowing more draws to paper lotteries from outside the state.

Agitated over the remark of Issac Opposition members moved
to the well of the house demanding withdrawl of unsavory
remark, which was later removed from house records by Speaker
K Radhakrishnan.

Chandy while reiterating the allegation that that LDF government
was helping lottery mafia and the main promoter of lotteries
from outside the state Santiago Martin was close to CPI-M, the
lead partner in LDF.

Denying the allegation, Issac said that if UDF Opposition
was sincere in taking steps against lottery maifa, they
should put pressure on Centre to delegate the power to state
for taking action against `lotteries operating violating law.

Centre rule on lotteries was in favour of lottery people
and state has very limited power in regulating the promoters
of lotteries like Sikkim and Bhutan,Issac said.

Chandy wanted a comprehensive probe into the lottery affairs
particulery the recent government decision to allow two more
draws per day to Sikkim lottery in the state.

Earlier speaking at a press conference at the Niyamasabha
Media room, Issac said that as per Central lottery rule, a
lottery promoter could conduct 24 draws per day.

State has no power to refuse advance tax remitted by the
promoter of lotteries outside the state, he said adding state
acted in accordance with high court and supreme court verdicts
in the matter.

UDF Opposition had staged a walkut in the house yesterday
on the same issue.

PTI

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