Stormy start to brief Kerala Assembly session
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 12:43
Thiruvananthapuram: The brief Assembly session of Kerala began on Tuesday on a stormy note with congress led UDF Opposition disrupting proceedings demanding the resignation of state Revenue Minister KP Rajendran and a judicial probe into the 'money for jobs scam' leading to early adjournment of the house after rushing through day's business.

Opposition continued its protest raising slogans against the government by trooping into the well of the House even as state Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan assured the House that stern action would be taken against the persons behind the fraud appointments in Waynad collectorate office.

Replying to a notice for an adjournment motion moved by Opposition on the matter during Zero Hour, Achuthanandan said the government acted swiftly after the fraud came to light and perpetrators of the crime were being arrested one by one.

Achuthanadan also questioned the moral right of Congress to take up issue of corruption as the UPA government at the Centre was 'immersed in corruption to crores of rupees'.

Achuthanandan also said what happened in Waynad was an isolated case and the Opposition was using it as a weapon to attack the government.

Demanding a discussion on the 'job scam', Opposition leader Oommen Chandy said non-transparent appointments and corruption has become the 'hall mark' of the CPI-M led LDF government.

Chandy said the job scam had even affected the credibility of the Kerala Public Service Commission, on which millions of job seekers in the state had put faith.

Chandy said Rajendran could not absolve himself from the illegal appointments in Waynad collectorate.

Rajendran rejected the Opposition charges and said the scam was exposed by the Revenue Vigilance Department itself and the department took action against the culprits immediately.

Eight persons who got illegal appointments had been removed from the service and a comprehensive probe into the whole issue was progressing, Rajendran said.

Intervening on the adjournment motion notice, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that Opposition was trying to create a smoke screen out of the issue.

After the reply of Chief Minister and his colleagues, Speaker K Radhakrishnan refused leave for the motion moved by Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Congress).

Amid Opposition protest Radhakrishnan took up other business listed for day and the House referred to subject committee The Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences Bill, 2010 and The Kerala Agriculture Worker's (Amendment) Bill, 2010.


First Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 12:43

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