CM concedes opposition demand to discuss flood relief

CM concedes opposition demand to discuss flood relief
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that considering the importance of the issue he was agreeable to a discussion on the issue.
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Thiruvananthapuram: For the first time after the LDF took over, the government has agreed to have a discussion on an adjournment motion moved by the opposition. Congress member V D Satheesan has moved a motion under Rule 50 on Wednesday saying that the state government had failed utterly in providing flood relief to the affected. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that considering the importance of the issue he was agreeable to a discussion on the issue.

Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan lauded the chief minister's stand. Earlier, before taking up the adjournment motion, the speaker also took a dig at the opposition. “This is an issue of paramount importance,” the speaker said and added: “But this should have been the first issue to be taken up in the assembly this session.” The first four days of the current session were drowned in Sabarimala protests. The speaker, right from day one, has been insisting that there were more important issues than Sabarimala to be discussed in the assembly.

Just when the day started, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala assured the speaker that the opposition would not disrupt the proceedings. (Incidentally, Chennithala gave the same assurance on Tuesday but ended up boycotting the House.)

“However, we would like the speaker to initiate talks with the government and find solutions to the issues raised by the three MLAs fasting in front of the assembly entrance,” Chennithala said. The speaker said that he would do what was necessary. “Even yesterday I had asked the opposition leader whether there was anything that I can do to make the three MLAs end their satyagraha,” the Speaker said.

Three UDF MLAs – V S Sivakumar, Parakkal Abdulla, and Dr N Jayaraj – had begun an indefinite Satyagraha in front of the assembly entrance raising two demands; withdraw prohibitory orders in Sabarimala and improve facilities for pilgrims in the hill shrine.

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