Special Correspondent

`Problems in CPI(M) not to affect governance'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, languishing in a Tamil Nadu jail under trial in the Coimbatore blast case for the last eight years, will certainly receive fair treatment from the Tamil Nadu Government, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Sunday.

Responding to a question at a press conference here, Mr. Achuthanandan said that he had, during his discussion with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in Chennai on Saturday, impressed upon the latter the need for providing good medical treatment to Maudany on humanitarian grounds.

"And Mr. Karunanidhi told me that he would do everything possible. Maudany's health is in poor shape and, perhaps, his family members could be permitted to attend to him in hospital," Mr. Achuthanandan said. He said that if Maudany's family members were to approach the court with request for parole to have him treated, the Tamil Nadu Government would adopt a "helpful attitude."

The trial was due to be completed shortly, but extending good medical treatment to him could not wait because of the state of his health, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

He said the issue of inter-State water disputes too had figured at the discussion in Chennai. The two Chief Ministers agreed that all disputes should be settled amicably and to mutual satisfaction. The Water Resources Ministers of the two States would shortly meet to discuss the issues in detail. It would be followed by another meeting between the two Chief Ministers. Kerala and Tamil Nadu would remain excellent neighbours and friends, Mr. Achuthanandan said. Replying to another question, Mr. Achuthanandan said problems in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), if any, would not be allowed to affect the functioning of the new Government.

Referring to the allegations against Minister for Public Works P.J. Joseph, he said his office had gone into the files relating to the Maithri Housing Scheme implemented during the tenure of the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government [when Mr. Joseph was functioning as the Minister in charge of Housing]. "I am studying the issue," he said.

"I cannot be expected to be in the know of everything that is happening. When such things are brought to my notice, I will certainly make inquiries and take corrective measures," he said, responding to queries from journalists about certain postings made by the Industries Department. He said he would examine if the persons posted in key positions were those against whom he had himself levelled allegations of corruption