Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who has given a clean chit to the Advocate-General for the stance taken by him in the Mullaperiyar issue during his deposition in Kerala High court, has no right to continue in the chair, LDF convener Vaikom Viswan said.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Mr. Viswan reminded that the Chief Minister had earlier admitted that the government had full responsibility for the statement submitted in the High Court and the remarks made by the Advocate-General on the occasion. Since the ‘government’ was represented by the ‘Cabinet’, the Chief Minister had no reason to continue, he said.
Alleging that the government’s stance in the High Court on the Mullaperiyar issue went against the interests of the State, Mr. Viswan said the government had betrayed the people of Kerala. “It is meaningless to say that an additional affidavit would be submitted before the court and Tamil Nadu authorities would be able to make use of the remarks made by the Advocate-General earlier,” Mr. Viswan said.
The LDF leader contested the Chief Minister’s contention that the controversy was ‘media creation’ and said in that case there was no need for submitting a second affidavit. The decision to call in a special session of the Cabinet too needs to be explained, he said.
Keywords: Mullaperiyar dam