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Stormy end to last session of Kerala assembly

The final session of Kerala`s present assembly ended on a stormy note with ruling CPI-M led LDF and congress headed UDF Opposition members levelling corruption charges against each other.

Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 12:23 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The final session of Kerala`s
present assembly ended on a stormy note on Thursday with ruling
CPI-M led LDF and congress headed UDF Opposition members
levelling corruption charges against each other.

Trouble started when speaker K Radhakrishnan refused to
entertain a notice for an adjournment motion on an allegation
that Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had sought to influence
a judicial inquiry commission that looked into the 2000 hooch
tragedy that left 31 persons dead.

Amid protest and noisy scenes, Speaker K Radakrishnan took
up other businesss for the day and adjourned the house
sine-die.

The house passed without discussion the bill for setting up a
Special Tribunal to realise compensation from the Plachumada
Coca-Cola company in Plakkad district for the lossess it
casued to people on account of environment pollution.

Opposition members entered the well of the house and
raised slogans against `Achuthanandan and his son A V Arun
Kumar` while the ruling front members countered it by hurling
corruption charges against UDF leaders.

Agitated over refusal even to mention the new revelations
on the charge against Achuthanandan,Opposition leader Oommen
Chandy stood up and wanted government to reply on the new
development on the matter.

Apparently Chandy was referring to a local court decision
yesterday to admit a petition seeking a probe into the charge
based on the reported "revelations" made by CPI-M`s former
Kannur district secretary P Sasi, in a letter to the party`s
state secretary and Achuthanandan`s bete noir Pinarayi
Vijayan.

Radhakrishnan refused the motion and said subject matter of
the adjournemnt motion had been discussed on February 7 last
and Chief Minister had replied for it. Opposition members
marched out of the house raising slogans against the
government.

Before the house was adjourned, Radhakrishnan expressed his
gratitude to the members for the co-operation they had
extended for the condut of the sesssions for the five years.

Radhakrishnan also said that the house during the period
had met for a total of 253 days and passed as many as 139
legislations.

Achuthandan in his concluding speech said termed the UDF
charges as basless and said LDF was committed to fight
corruption.

Achuthanandan said people of the state have the political
knowledge to understand the gimmick of UDF and would teach
them a lesson in the coming assembly polls.

PTI