THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Reports indicate that the Kerala Assembly once again descended into chaos when Opposition Leader VD Satheesan attempted to respond to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s strong reaction.
Chief Minister Pinarayi questioned, “On what grounds did the Opposition claim that the police department is controlled by a secretive syndicate?” This happened while he was addressing an adjournment motion concerning the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl in Aluva.
“The Opposition should refrain from using political propaganda to discredit the ruling party,” stated the Chief Minister.
When it was his turn to speak, the Opposition Leader acknowledged making the comment that the Kerala police had been “hijacked” by a “secretive syndicate”. Satheesan then sought to clarify why he had used the term “hijacked by a secretive syndicate.” In reference to certain police actions, he asserted that “the Kerala police engage in double standards.” He also mentioned the alleged pressure on the police to show favoritism towards members of the ruling party.
Meanwhile, MLA Kunhalikutty expressed his discontent and engaged in a discussion with Speaker Shamseer. Shamseer, in response, requested Kunhalikutty to allow the minister to provide a “clarification” before continuing his speech. This time, Kunhalikutty staged a walkout.
Amidst the chaos, critical issues related to the Aluva sexual abuse case, such as regular police patrols, crime databases, police force strength, and the deployment of police for VIP duty (especially on the day of the incident when the Chief Minister was in Aluva), remained undiscussed.