Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Wednesday denied any irregularities in the allocation of 2.33 acres of land to his relative T.K. Soman in Kasaragod district. The Chief Minister was talking to the media after the last meeting of his Cabinet, a day before the scheduled announcement of results of the Assembly elections.
“The allegation raised by Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy regarding the allotment has no connection to realities like the other allegations made by Mr. Chandy,” Mr. Achuthanandan said in reply to questions from the media.
It was usual to grant land to ex-servicemen.
The land was assigned in 1977 when A.K. Antony was the Chief Minister. (Mr. Soman, an ex-serviceman, had not taken possession of the land allotted to him 32 years ago by paying the nominal price payable under land assignment rules. This was allegedly re-allotted to him recently with permission to sell the land.)
Mr. Achuthanandan said that it had become the forte of Mr. Chandy to target him and raise baseless allegations. If there was any irregularity in the assignment of land to the ex-serviceman, it could be challenged before courts and the assignee would prove his claim.
The Chief Minister declined to go into the exit-poll results announced by television channels and newspapers.
“Wait till the votes are counted. Anyway, we are happy that the people were satisfied with the good things that his government had done,” Mr. Achuthanandan said.
He thanked the media for the coverage given to his government—both favourable as well as unfavourable.