Thiruvananthapuram, July 16 : The congress-led opposition UDF on Thursday sent a notice under rule 65 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business of the Kerala assembly to the assembly secretary seeking leave to move a resolution for the removal of speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.
The notice sent by Manjeri MLA M Ummer of the Indian union muslim league (IUML) accuses Sreeramakrishnan of having lowered the dignity of the speaker’s post by associating himself with the accused in the sensational gold smuggling case.
The opposition charges the speaker with having dubious links to the accused in the gold smuggling case being investigated by the national investigation agency (NIA).
Sreeramakrishnan landed himself in a soup after an old video showing his inaugurating a workshop of one of the accused in the gold smuggling case went viral on social media.
The opposition UDF and the mainstream media went to town with the video despite the speaker insisting that he did not know the accused personally.
The NIA suspects the accused of having terror links. Sreeramakrishnan has tarnished the reputation and dignity of the office of the speaker by associating with such elements and hence does not deserve to continue in the post, the opposition charges.
Rules of procedure mandate that a notice seeking leave to move a resolution for the speaker’s removal has to be given 14 days prior to the start of an assembly session. With the assembly convening on July 27 for a single day to pass the finance bill, the notice will fall short of the 14-day requirement. Hence, the assembly secretary is likely to reject the notice.
The opposition also plans to move a no-confidence motion against the CPI(M)-led LDF government, accusing the chief minister’s office of having links to the accused in the gold smuggling case.
A seizure of 30kg of gold concealed in a diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram has kicked up a political storm with one of the key accused turning out to be a contract employee in the state government’s prestigious space park project under the state IT department. The said accused was also found to be close to the chief minister’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar, bringing the chief minister’s office under a cloud.