Minister for Power Aryadan Mohammed has called for introspection into the decline in the inter-community relations in the State.
To a question on the Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s apprehension that the communal harmony in the State was on the wane, Mr. Mohammed said at a meet-the-press programme here on Saturday that he fully agreed with the view of the Union Minister.
Responding to a related question, the Electricity Minister said he would not say that the inter-community relations in the State was on the decline as a result of the interventions of caste and religious organisations, which had done good things.
“We should do some introspection on the decline in inter-community relations,” he said.
When asked about Nair Service Society general secretary G. Sukumaran Nair’s statement that Mr. Antony’s proposal to make Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala as Deputy Chief Minister had been torpedoed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Mr. Mohammed said it was for Mr. Antony and Mr. Chandy to respond to that.
The Home Minister had already reacted to it, he said, adding he himself had told Mr. Antony and Mr. Chandy at the time of the formation of the Cabinet that Mr. Chennithala had to be inducted into the Cabinet as a Deputy Chief Minister with Home portfolio.
To another question on the allegation that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MLAs had submitted false election expenditure reports to the Election Commission, he said he was not aware of the details as he had only read the allegation in the media.