Kodiyeri says mass contact programme is to centralise powers on CM

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has asked the government to immediately convene the Assembly to discuss the Kasturirangan committee report on the Western Ghats.

He was addressing presspersons along with other LDF leaders who are leading the ‘Jana Munnetta Jatha’ from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for his alleged involvement in the solar scam here on Tuesday.

Mr. Balakrishnan said the Madhav Gadgil committee report was discussed in the Assembly. But the Kasturirangan committee report submitted months ago after reviewing the Gadgil report had not been discussed by the Assembly though it had thrown up serious issues affecting lakhs of high-range farmers in the State. Mr. Balakrishnan alleged that the Assembly was not being convened because there were serious differences among the UDF constituents on the Kasturirangan report. The Kerala Congress (M) was against its implementation. The UDF government and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy were running away from the Assembly on the Kasturirangan report and the solar scam, he said.

‘No move against VS’

Asked whether there were any attempts to bring party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, as he was set free from the SNC-Lavalin case by the CBI Court, to the parliamentary politics to replace Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member said that “the party has not decided to remove VS as its leader in the Assembly. He is our senior-most leader.”

Asked whether the CPI(M) plenum in Palakkad would discuss the issue, he said the plenum was to discuss measures to strengthen the party and not to remove any of its leaders. “Those who are not aware of the party’s functioning are raising such issues to misguide people,” he said.

  • Denies any move to replace VS with Pinarayi as Opposition leader