Kerala finance minister TM Thomas Isaac on Friday is presenting the 68th state Budget in the Assembly. This is the first full Budget of the Pinarayi Vijayan government.
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The Budget contained social welfare measure such as a boost to statewide internet connectivity, the creation of jobs in education and health sectors, houses for the homeless, and reservations for the diffently-abled.
However, the Assembly was in for some high-level drama as opposition members boycotted the session over the alleged leak of the key portions of the document on social media. Some of the opposition members entered the wall of the House when the finance minister was in the middle of his speech.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the Budget was already being circulated on the social media even before Thomas Isaac read out the Budget speech in the assembly. “The Budget has been leaked. It has lost its sanctity,” he said.
As Isaac was about to end his Budget speech, Chennithala held a parallel presser at the Assembly’s media room reading out the ‘leaked’ contents of the key financial statement.
12:00 pm: Thomas Isaac’s Budget speech ends amid high drama.
11:55 am: Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala says the Budget has lost its sanctity; demands Finance Minister Thomas Isaac’s resignation.
— Sovi Vidyadharan (@Sovi_TNIE) March 3, 2017
11:45 am: Opposition leaders reading out the ‘leaked’ contents of the Budget 2017 outside the House in protest.
11:40 am: Opposition led by United Democratic Front (UDF) and Kerala Congress (M) boycott Budget presentation. MLAs stage a walkout alleging Budget highlights were e-mailed to the media and were sent on WhatsApp groups by Finance Minister’s office when the speech was going on.
— vinod mathew (@veeyemje) March 3, 2017
11:35 am: Budget presentation disrupted due to the allegations against Finance Minister’s office over budget getting leaked on social media.
11:30 am: Opposition leader criticizes state Finance Minister as details of budget get leaked on social media before its presentation in the Assembly. The allegations lead to a ruckus.
— Shafeeq Alingal (@Shafeeq_TNIE) March 3,…