Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan on Tuesday came under heavy fire from the Congress-led opposition for the manner in which he handled the day's session.
The opposition turned their ire on the Speaker, after he, in an unprecedented move did not even take up the opposition's leave for an adjournment motion.
Trouble started right from the beginning of the question hour at 8.30 a.m., with the opposition shouting slogans and standing in front of the Speaker, holding banners and placards, demanded justice for Shuhaib, a Congress worker killed in Kannur district on February 12.
Within 15 minutes, Sreeramakrishnan adjourned the House and called the leaders of the house for a discussion.
When the House reassembled at 9.20 a.m., the slogan shouting continued.
Sreeramakrishnan, then in an unprecedented move announced that the leave for an adjournment motion to discuss the murder of Shuhaib, was not being taken up.
Following this, he moved on to the rest of the business listed for the day. The opposition was immediately up in arms and turned their ire on the Speaker.
They said that the Speaker was afraid of Chief Minister Vijayan.
They said he was not behaving like a Speaker, instead he was acting like a Communist Party of India-Marxist committee secretary, dancing to the tunes of Vijayan, out of fear.
Sreeramakrishnan then adjourned the House for the day.
On Monday, the House was adjourned within a few hours following the opposition's protest after the Vijayan government backtracked to order a CBI probe in the murder of Shuhaib.
Assembly had also seen chaos on Monday owing to the same issue and the session was soon dissolved. Meanwhile, a march held by Youth Congress workers to the Secretariat turned violent, with protestors pelting stones at the police.
Shuhaib was hacked to death earlier this month around 11.30 pm when he, along with Naushad and Riyad, were out in the Mattanur area. Though Shuhaib was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries at the Kozhikode Medical college hospital.