BJP State president V. Muraleedharan said here on Tuesday that the CPI(M) and the Congress were helping each other in saving themselves from prosecution in corruption cases.

The CPI(M) was denying ticket to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan for breaching the tacit understanding between the two parties on corruption cases.

Addressing a press conference, he said the two parties had helped each other in undermining various corruption cases. The CPI(M) protected the accused in the ice-cream parlour case while the Congress helped the CPI(M) in the SNC Lavalin case.

The CPI(M) had also spared Congress leaders in the palmolien case till now. Both the Congress and the CPI(M) were protecting the same people in lottery cases. So far, no politician except R. Balakrishna Pillai had been jailed for corruption because of the tacit understanding between the ruling and Opposition fronts.

Mr. Muraleedharan said though Mr. Achuthanandan had made statements against trafficking of women and various lobbies, he had failed to act against them as Chief Minister.

He should disclose who were in the way of carrying out his declarations against those who had committed atrocities against women and conducted mafia operations. The denial of seat to Mr. Achuthanandan, he added, would gladden those accused in such cases.

The State president ruled out any truck between the CPI(M) and the BJP in Kerala for the Assembly elections. Whether there was such understanding in West Bengal would be clarified by the leaders from that State.

He said the BJP had finalised list of 70 more candidates. These would be approved by the Central Election Committee of the party in a day or two.

The party was continuing its discussions with organisations of Scheduled Castes and Tribes and Dheevaras on supporting their candidates in the elections.