Kerala Assembly’s special session to be held on August 24; Opposition all set to move no-trust motion

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The Finance Bill will come up for discussion in the special session of the Assembly on August 24

The Kerala Assembly is expected to hold a one-day session on August 24 and the Finance Bill will come up for discussion on that day. Polling will also held for the Rajya Sabha seat the same day. The session is expected to be stormy as the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) will move a no-confidence motion. The state Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday agreed upon the special session of the Assembly on August 24 and decided to recommend the governor to convene the session. The Finance Bill will come up for discussion in the special session of the Assembly on August 24. The session was slated to be convened on July 27 but was cancelled due to several reasons. The UDF had given notices for no-trust motion and a motion to remove Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan. Smelling trouble, the session was called off citing rising COVID-19 cases in the state capital. The Opposition mounted attack against the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government ever since the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case was unearthed. The state government had called the special one-day session to get passed the Finance Bill, as rules mandated its passage latest by July 29. After the planned one-day session was called off, the Cabinet decided to issue an ordinance to pass the Bill. The Congress-led Opposition will attack the government taking up the issues like the gold smuggling case, the alleged links of the accused with the chief minister's office and alleged kick-backs in the Life Mission Project. Though it is certain that the no-confidence motion will be defeated on the floor of the House, the prime motive of the Opposition is to corner the government over various issues including the ongoing NIA probe into the gold smuggling case. Polling will also be held for the Rajya Sabha seat that fell vacant following the death of media baron and veteran parliamentarian MP Veerendra Kumar. His party, the Loktantrik Janata Dal, is an ally of the Left government. Kumar's son MV Shreyams Kumar will contest for the seat while the UDF may flied Lal Varghese Kalpakavady, head of farmers’ wing of the Congress. Image credit: The Hindu Business Line

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