‘Chandy involved in conspiracy’

The BJP will launch an agitation if the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and its former chief E. Sreedharan are kept out of the execution of the Kochi Metro Rail Project.

BJP leader P.K. Krishnadas told reporters here on Saturday that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was eyeing a big commission in the project through global tenders, was involved in a conspiracy to keep the DMRC and Mr. Sreedharan out of the metro rail project.

“Why? Because the involvement of the DMRC and Mr. Sreedharan would prevent any corruption,” he said.

He pooh-poohed Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed’s argument that Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) norms were against awarding the contract for a project to an agency that did the consultancy for the project.

“The DMRC has been officially associated with Kochi Metro only in preparing a detailed project report. The CVC norms apply only to private firms and not to public sector companies such as the DMRC. Moreover, the DMRC has been the consultant and executing agency for several prestigious projects in the country,” he said.

He alleged that the anti-terrorist squad in the State was inactive following the pressure of the Indian Union Muslim League. He welcomed the initiatives of the NSS and the SNDP Yogam to forge Hindu unity. “Both the UDF and the LDF ill-treat Hindus. The major communities are denied benefits they are eligible for. Hindus are made to feel they are second-grade citizens. This should change. The growing unity among Hindus is a positive sign. The NSS-SNDP Yogam move will surely have a political outcome,” he said.

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