Economy and Budget: Kerala may find the going tough

Cover of Economic Review 2015Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will find the going tough as he presents the State Budget for 2016-17 to the Assembly on Friday.

It is not just the anticipated protests by the Opposition demanding his resignation: Kerala’s economy is on a tailspin. Revenue receipts have fallen below expectations for three years in a row. But Mr. Chandy will be tempted to present a populist Budget this being the election year.

Kerala Assembly: Opposition boycotts debate

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy replying to the debate  in the Assembly on ThursdayThe Opposition on Thursday boycotted the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address saying that they cannot cooperate with the proceedings.

The Opposition had earlier urged the governor not to deliver the address as the government was immersed in corruption. It had not right to make policy declaratgions.

Opposition stages walk out in Kerala Assembly

Home Minister Ramesh ChennithalaThiruvananthapuram: The Opposition staged a walk out in the Assembly on Thursday in protest against the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau not registering case against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and others over irregularities in award of contract for pollution control plant in the Travancore Titanium produces here.

Opposition disrupts Assembly proceedings for the third day

Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition disrupted the proceedings of Kerala Assembly for the third day on Thursday.

The Opposition moved into the well of the House following verbal duel with the ruling front members on the kind of language used by Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan against Congress leader K. Muraleedharan and others.  Mr. Muraleedharan had criticised Mr. Achuthandan yesterday for using unparliamentarily language against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

KSRTC ordinary bus fares reduced by Re. 1

KSRTC busKerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to reduce fares of KSRTC ordinary bus services by Rs. 1 per trip in view of fall in diesel prices.

Accordingly, the minimum fare will come down from Rs. 7 to Rs. 6. Rates for other fare stages will also drop by Rs. 1. The lowering of fares will not apply to fast passenger and other premium services.

Tharoor pitches for entry of women at Sabarimala

Shashi TharoorCongress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor said here on Wednesday that he supported entry of women into Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

“I support the constitution: end discrimination, whether on grounds of caste, creed, sexual orientation, age or gender,” he said.

Congress leaders in the State has taken an opposite stand.

Rahul Gandhi holds discussions with KPCC executive

Rahul Gandhi at KPCC executiveSpeaking at the Congress Executive meeting here on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi urged Congress leaders to stay together. “CPI (M) cannot defeat Congress party in Kerala, (but) the Congress can defeat Congress in Kerala.”

Assembly: Opposition disrupts proceedings

Opposition protesting in Kerala Asssembly on WednesdayThe Opposition disrupted the proceedings of Kerala Assembly for the second day today over alleged bribery charges against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and ministers.

The Opposition moved into the well of the House and staged a dharna there, forcing the Speaker to rush through the day’s proceedings and adjourn the House.

Congress will not compromise on corruption: Rahul Gandhi

AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing valeditory of Janaraksha Yatra in Trivandrum on TuesdayAICC vice president Rahul Gandhi said here on Tuesday that the Congress would not compromise on corruption.

If there is an iota of concrete evidence of corruption, the party would take action, the vice president said while inaugurating the valedictory of the Janaraksha Yatra led by KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran.

Oppositions storms into the well of Assembly, House adjourned

Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan speaking in the Assembly on TuesdayThe Opposition stormed into the well of the Assembly over solar scam, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for a while on Tuesday.

The Opposition demanded that the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should resign over the allegations of bribe-taking against him. Though the Opposition had given notice for moving an adjournment motion to discuss the scam, the Speaker denied permission.

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