BJP State president V. Muraleedharan said on Tuesday that the LDF had withdrawn its stir because of a secret pact between the CPI (M) and the UDF government.

Addressing a press conference here, the BJP leader said that CPI (M) should apologise for causing hardships to the people in the name of Secretariat siege and withdrawing it through an understanding with the government.

Mr. Muraleedharan demanded that the CPI (M) clarify the understanding it had reached with the government.

It is understood that the government had agreed to soft pedal the investigation into the T. P. Chandrasekharan murder case and dilute its stand in the Lavlin case to save CPI (M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Though the government had promised a CBI investigation in to the K. T. Jayakrishnan murder case, the government had not done so. The understanding now was to undermine that proposal also, he alleged.

‘Shameful episode’

The Secretariat siege had turned out to be shameful episode in the history of popular agitations in the State.

The LDF constituents should state what they felt about withdrawal of the siege on the basis of an understanding with government.

Mr. Muraleedharan noted that the CPI (M) claimed that the siege was a success.

At the same time, Mr. Chandy said he had promised judicial inquiry much earlier. While both sides claimed victory, the real losers were the people.

The judicial inquiry proposed now was nothing but a plan to hoodwink the public.

The Chief Minister had already stated that probe would cover neither the Chief Minister nor his Office.

Demanding the judicial inquiry should cover the Chief Minister and that the Chief Minister should step down, the BJP leader said that his party would organise Collectorate marches in all districts on August 23 to press the demands. Further action would be decided at the meeting of office-bearers of the party in Thrissur on August 19 and 20.

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