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Opposition disrupts Budget presentation over George’s remarks

Opposition disrupts Budget presentation over George’s remarks

Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition briefly disrupted the presentation of Budget for 2013-14 to the Assembly on Friday in protest of remarks made by government chief whip P C George against some political leaders.

The session that began at 9 am saw Opposition legislators standing up soon after the national anthem holding placards protesting against P C George who made some derogatory remarks against JSS leader K R Gouri Amma and the late CPI leader T V Thomas in a private conversation to a news channel.

The channel aired the clippings raising strong criticism against the chief whip.

In the House, Speaker G Karthikeyan allowed Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan who told the House that it was unbecoming of the Chief Whip to have made remarks against past leaders such as T V Thomas and demanded that George be restrained from making such remarks. “The dignity of the House should be upheld,” the former chief minister said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government did not agree to portraying past leaders in poor light.

Expressing regret, the chief whip said it was a private conversation which was aired and he apologises if his remarks hurt anyone’s sentiments.

However, Deputy Leader of the CPI-M Kodiyeri Balakrishnan demanded the Chair should take action against George in accordance with the House rules. The Speaker said that he would examine matter.

Mani then resumed his speech.

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