Ruling front, opposition fight over vote trade in Kerala Assembly – The New Indian Express
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ruling front and the opposition argued over allegations of vote-swapping during the vote of thanks at the governor’s speech on Monday.
They accused each other of having a secret alliance with the BJP. KK Shailaja, who moved the motion, kicked off the debate by blaming Congress for the growth of BJP in the country.
Superstitions like the use of cow dung as a cure for Covid-19 have not been promoted by the BJP alone. Members of Congress from the UP and some other rural parts of the country believed so too, she said.
Shailaja is the first woman in Kerala Assembly history to present a motion of thanks for the governor’s speech. In her speech, she detailed the achievements of the previous LDF government in which she was a minister. Investments in public health and its democratic use have helped the state manage Covid-19 effectively, she said. The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has funded the development of public hospitals as high tech hospitals. The government could achieve historic achievements despite various challenges, she said.
Against Shailaja, Congressman Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the LDF had a secret deal with the BJP in the elections. He cited some constituencies like Thavanur and Nadapuram as evidence of the voting trade. N Shamsuddeen of IUML said continuity with the LDF government was Sangh Parivar’s wish. According to him, candidates for Congress prevented the BJP from winning in Nemom, Thrissur and Palakkad, constituencies where he had high hopes. In Manjeswaram, the IUML candidate was to be credited with the defeat of K Surendran of the BJP. Congressman PT Thomas and T Siddique said the LDF had resorted to communal politics in the Assembly elections.
The Treasury bench claimed that the LDF would have won 10 more seats had it not been for the leakage of votes from the BJP in favor of the UDF. Mathew T Thomas, DK Murali and U Prathibha MLA spoke in detail about the BJP-UDF alliance. Prathibha said she won the seat despite the vote trade. K Ansalan, of the CPM, said the BJP had led the UDF for the past five years.
Kadakampally clarifies “apologies”
Former devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran said on Monday he had not apologized for the Sabarimala incidents after the SC verdict. Participating in the vote of thanks at the governor’s speech, Kadakampally said his response to a reporter’s question was that he was sad about the untoward incidents.