The House meets for a long session on July 22 mainly to discuss and vote on the grant applications in the budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year
The LDF government appeared prepared for a season of confrontation with the opposition over a range of issues in the assembly.
The House will meet for a long session on Thursday, mainly to discuss and vote on the grant requests in the budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. But, as usual, politics are likely to dominate the debate.
The second session of the 15th Legislative Assembly is also likely to mark the end of the honeymoon period of Pinarayi Vijayan’s second government. The UDF has several “sharp” arrows in its quiver to target the government.
Congressman K. Babu has given notice to discuss “rising” crimes against women in the state. Opposition planned to mark Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s one-day fast for gender justice to poke fun at the LDF’s gender justice campaign, Sthree Paksham, and highlight ‘women’s vulnerability’ to indiscriminate cruelty and crime in the state.
The allegation that Forestry Minister AK Saseendran tried to protect a suspected sex offender from legal scrutiny seemed like a boon to the opposition ready to confront the government over protecting women.
The DFL reportedly hoped to counter the allegation by raising a comparable allegation against congressional lawmaker Mathew Kuzhalnadan. He advised President MB Rajesh to debate the charge that Mr. Mathew attempted to protect a child molester. The congressman denied the accusation.
The UDF could also highlight the Supreme Court’s criticism of the government’s decision to quash the case against seven LDF leaders responsible for the uproar and destruction of public property in the Assembly in 2015. Among them the defendants include the Minister of Education V. Sivankutty.
The opposition will also seek to put the revenue and forestry departments in the dock for the illegal logging of dozens of old rosewood in Wayanad.
He accused the government of cover-up and accused it of taking revenge on Department of Revenue officials who honestly answered RTI’s questions on the subject.
The alleged underestimation of deaths from COVID-19, “unscientific” pandemic brakes, trader suicide due to loss of business and the KITEX controversy will feature in the Assembly. Other issues include the alleged involvement of CPI (M) executives in Kannur in smuggling gold, a threat to the life of RMP lawmaker KK Rema, the illegal embezzlement of 100 crore from a cooperative bank controlled by the CPI (M) in Thrissur.
For its part, the LDF could try to exploit the difference between the UDF and the allocation of scholarships to minorities.
The alleged attacks on central federalism, including its attempt to legislate on state matters, including cooperation, could find the LDF and the UDF on the same wavelength in the House. The Speaker also set aside four days for private members’ bills.