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Youth Cong activist murder: Kerala Assembly disrupted for second day

Youth Cong activist murder: Kerala Assembly disrupted for second day
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF opposition disrupted the Kerala Assembly proceedings for the second consecutive day today demanding a CBI probe into the killing of a Youth Congress activist allegedly by ruling CPI(M) members in Kannur district.
Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan was forced to suspend the question hour and the zero hour after a heated war of words between the opposition and treasury benches over the issue.
As the opposition members encircled the podium of the Speaker blocking his view with their banner and placards, he adjourned the House for the day.
Later talking to the reporters, Sreeramakrishnan said he was not against the oppositions' protest but they should follow "minimum discipline" that would allow the Speaker to carry out the business of the House.
Referring to the banner put in front of the podium, he asked how he could continue to conduct the session without being able to view the members.
He also rejected the opposition charges that he was denying the democratic rights of the opposition in taking up people's issues in the House.
Earlier, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the House for a brief period during the question hour after the opposition members moved to the well of the House.
Though the House reassembled after a break of half and hour, he suspended both the question hour and zero hour as the trouble mounted up.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told reporters that the LDF government was "solely responsible" for the disruption of the House proceedings for the last two days.
He alleged that the state government was trying to protect the accused in criminal cases, referring to the killing of YC activist Shuhaib.
It was the "failure" of the home department, he said.
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