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Cong threatens stir if Cabinet saved Pinarayi

Cong threatens stir if Cabinet saved Pinarayi

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 6, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/174134/Cong-threatens-stir-if-Cabinet-saved-Pinarayi.html

The Congress party on Tuesday reiterated that it would launch intense agitation in the State if the Cabinet decided to support the Advocate General's legal advice that the prosecution of CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan should not be cleared in the SNC Lavalin corruption case.

Speaking at the mass fast programme organized by the UDF and led by Opposition leader Oommen Chandy at the Stadium Corner, Kannur on Tuesday morning, State Congress president Ramesh Chennithala termed the discussion of the letter from the Advocate General in the CPI(M) State secretariat before it reached the Cabinet as the Marxists' arrogance.

"It is strange that the CPI(M) secretariat is taking decision that should actually be taken by the Government. The CPI(M)'s approach to the constituent parties in the LDF is not much different. The Marxists are enforcing their secretariat's decision on the LDF constituent parties like the CPI and the RSP," Chennithala said.

The mass fast was organized by the Opposition UDF in a bid to attract the attention of the people to the violent politics and corrupt governance of the CPI(M) in Kerala. Apart from Chandy and Chennithala, UDF convener PP Thankachan, Muslim League State general secretary PK KUnhalikkutty, Kerala Congress (M) chairman KM Mani, KC (B) leader R Balakrishna PIllai, KC(J) chief TM Jacob, CMP supremo MV RAghavan and others participated in the fast.

Speaking at the function, Mani warned Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan not to support the legal advice provided by the AG as it would mean that he was supporting corruption. "If you decide not to permit Pinarayi's prosecution the people will see you as a man supporting corruption," Mani said.

Mani also said that the mere rejection by the Cabinet of permission to prosecute Pinarayi would not end the controversy over the SNC Lavalin case. He said the State Governor had the right and power to take his own decision irrespective of the opinion of the Cabinet on the matter. Even if that also failed, the Judiciary of the country was still there, he added.

UDF convener PP Thankachan, taking part in the programme, said that Advocate General CP Sudhakara Prasad was acting as though he was a fourth rate lawyer. "The people's court in Kerala has already made its verdict against Pinarayi Vijayan. That verdict would be revealed on May 16 (with the announcement of the Lok Sbaha election results)," he said.

Referring to the violence in Kannur, allegedly propagated by the CPI(M), Ramesh Chennithala said that the silence being adopted by the media over the blast in Kathirur on April 16 in which Ashish P Raj, the 21-year-old son of CPI(M) MLA P Jayarajan was seriously injured was a cause of worry to the Keralites.

"What would have been the situation if this had happened to the son of a UDF leader? Did the CPI(M) let in any mediaman to the hospital ward where Ashish was recuperating?" he asked.

Chennithala said that there were reports about the possibility of attacks by the CPI(M) on the day of polling, April 16, in Kannur and that was why Oommen Chandy made a lightning visit to the town on that day. "He had come here on the instructions of the State Congress. He came here to instill confidence in the minds of Congress workers. The KPCC does not want the permission of the CPI(M) for such a visit," he said.

The Congress leader said that the Marxist party had already become the biggest symbol of the worst cruelty in Kerala. "The Marxist are following a culture which counters those who oppose it with weapons," he alleged.

The UDF's mass fast in Kannur was the latest in a series of incidents that followed the arrest of some persons who had come to visit Congress leader K Sudhakaran MLA in Kannur on the day of polling. Two such visitors were taken into custody by the police on the allegation that they were part of a "quotation team" (mafia hitmen) who had come to Kannur to endanger the life of a prominent political leader.

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