Staff Reporter

Kochi: Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) State general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan has urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to desist from the move to induct a new Minister into the State Cabinet.

He told a press conference here on Saturday that Mr. Chandy had no moral right to induct a new Minister into his Cabinet as there was hardly five months left for the Government to bow out. He urged the Chief Minister not to take any policy decision during this period.

The RSP leader alleged that the law and order situation had deteriorated in the State. It could be evident from the instructions issued by the Thiruvananthapuram police. People have been asked not to venture out after midnight and shoot-at-sight orders have been given to the police.

He alleged that anti-social elements had a free run in the cities of Kozhikode and Kochi. All these show that the Chief Minister who also holds the Home portfolio has failed to implement the laws effectively or get the police do their job effectively.

He pointed out that cases on SSLC question paper leak and the death of Kiliroor sex racket victim had to be entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) because of improper investigation on the part of the State police. The police are trying to delay the investigations by not handing over the first information reports and case diaries to the CBI.

In the case of a torture death in Thiruvananthapuram, the police are yet to file the final report even after completion of the mandatory 90 days. The filing of the final report is deliberately being delayed to help the accused police constables get bail, he said.

The RSP leader said that though it had been 16 days since the Goonda Act came into being, nobody had been arrested under the Act. The provisions of the Act are very draconian.

He said the United Democratic Front (UDF) Government had of late been taking hasty policy decisions. The Chief Minster is misleading Gulf Malayalis on the issue of starting a State airline. He has accused Air-India of torpedoing the efforts of the Government to launch the airline. In fact, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has made it clear that only companies with five years' experience in flying will be allowed to operate.

Likewise, the Government is taking hasty steps for the construction of a harbour at Vizhinjam now though it has not taken any initiatives in this direction during the last four and a half years. He said the Government has no moral right to take any such policy decisions.