Communist Party of India (CPI) State unit secretary Pannian Ravindran has accused the UDF government of failing to conduct the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case in a proper manner and for blaming others for the witnesses turning hostile.
Mr. Ravindran told reporters here on Saturday that none other than the United Democratic Front (UDF) had the track record of using a murder to win a seat in the Assembly. The government has engaged C.K. Sreedharan, District Congress Committee president, as the public prosecutor. The onus was on the government to probe and conduct the case in the court properly. It was for Chandrasekharan’s wife K.K. Rema and the Congress leaders to say whether they were satisfied with the probe and also whether it should be entrusted with any other agency, he said.
Mr. Ravindran refused to comment on Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan’s observation about the Communist Party of India (Marxist) probe into the case. Many partners of the UDF were willing to defect, but the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was not ready for any unholy alliance to wrest power.
The CPI has decided to go ahead with its agitation against the power charge revision and the government bid to divest natural resources, including water, to corporate companies.
About 20,000 party workers, State leaders, and legislators had laid a siege to 158 Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) offices on Saturday and courted arrest in protest against the power-charge revision.
The party would intensify the agitation against the plunder of natural resources and the move to revise the drinking water tariff.