The move by state Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan to quit his post eyeing to return to active politics has revived dormant factional trends in Congress in Kerala with a section in the party averse to the idea of possible cabinet reshuffle to accommodate him.
With the Kerala Assembly witnessing its lowest ever sittings last year, Speaker G Karthikeyan Friday expressed hope that the next session, starting Monday, would have more sittings as all parties agreed to cooperate.
CPI(M)-led LDF opposition on Monday staged a walkout in the Kerala Assembly accusing the UDF government of taking lightly the severe hardship caused to people by hike in LPG prices and insistence on Aadhaar-linkage of subsidised cooking gas for household consumers.
Kerala assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan said on Friday that he was deeply saddened that in the year 2013, the house saw only 37 sittings. And even in those few sittings, there were uproarious scenes on many days.
Kerala Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan Wednesday appealed to leaders to exercise restraint while making statements on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue over which the state is locked in a raging row with Tamil Nadu.