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Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy presenting the P.R. Francis Memorial Award to K.M. Mani in Thrissur on Sunday.
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy presenting the P.R. Francis Memorial Award to K.M. Mani in Thrissur on Sunday.

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Thrissur: Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy has said that the SNC-Lavalin case exposed the double standards of the CPI(M) over corruption. He was addressing a meeting held here on Sunday to mark the death anniversary of P.R. Francis.

“The CPI(M) tarnishes the image of politicians in other parties, but protects its own corrupt leaders. Its leaders do not practise what the party preaches,” he said.

He pooh-poohed the allegation that the Opposition was trying to exert pressure on the Governor to give sanction to the CBI to prosecute CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, an accused in the SNC-Lavalin case.

“The CPI(M) cannot even tolerate a democratic way of protest such as submitting a memorandum to the Governor. How would have the CPI(M) reacted in a similar context if it were in the Opposition? The party would have indulged in large-scale violence,” he said.

Role model

Mr. Chandy said that the late P.R. Francis was a role model for trade union leaders. Untainted by corruption, he always stood for workers’ interest and fought for their rights, he pointed out.

Mr. Chandy presented the P.R. Francis Memorial Award for Best Social Worker to former Minister K.M. Mani at the function.

‘Workers denied rights’

Mr. Mani said the LDF government was not introducing any welfare measures for workers.

“Workers are being denied their rights.”

Financial assistance was distributed to students from poor families at the function.

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