: Playing down the controversy over his address to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) workers at Kulakkalloor on October 5, Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju on Monday said that his speech was well-intentioned and his words should be taken within the context in which he had delivered them.

Addressing a Meet-the-Press programme at the Press Club here, Mr. Kunju said all political leaders would say the same while addressing their party workers. Mr. Kunju said his words were well-intentioned adding that he had also told IUML workers that they should show more humility in their political activities at a time when the IUML’s friends and foes were alleging that the party was holding excessive power in the State. He said he had only reminded the party workers of their responsibility to be humble.

The Minister said his words should be viewed within the context in which they were uttered. Mr. Kunju said though he was not a good orator, he had always been amiable to all, in word and deed. He

said he had not stated anything that was unnecessary, though the occasion, timing, and circumstances were important.

The Minister had reportedly told the party workers that the IUML was ruling the State and managing the affairs in the government. The remarks had drawn criticism from the Nair Service

Society and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam.

Mr. Kunju said the government had decided to introduce a road safety corridor mechanism in the State. The plan was to install cameras and proper lighting and other measures to ensure zero accident rate on major roads in the State. Initially, the system would be introduced on M.C. Road being developed under the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). It would be extended to other major roads,

he added. He said road engineers in the State had been already given training as part of the plan to introduce road safety audit covering all the major roads in the State.

The Minister said the project to upgrade the existing highways into four-lane roads was in limbo as the government was not able to hand over land due to public protests.