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Pongala case: Kodiyeri flays government

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member and former Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has flayed the Oommen Chandy government for registering cases against a large number of women for offering Pongala on the road in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Balakrishnan told a news conference here on Monday that this could not have happened without the ‘silent permission' of the Chief Minister and the State Police Chief. Though the High Court order on holding processions and other public activities on the road did not apply to the Pongala, the police were still charging women for offering the Pongala.

He wanted the government to drop the charges against some 700 person who had been booked for holding public meetings on the road. He alleged that Mr. Chandy who held the Home portfolio was not in full charge of the police.

Mr. Balakrishnan sought to dismiss V.S. Achuthanandan's remark against Sindhu Joy as ‘irrelevant now' as Mr. Achuthanandan himself had ‘clarified' his remark. Asked about the ‘insulting remark' against a woman public figure as Sindhu Joy by a senior leader as Mr. Achuthanandan, Mr. Balakrishnan said only the ‘clarification' mattered now.

He claimed that Mr. Achuthanandan had not cast any personal abuse against Ms. Joy. Mr. Achuthanandan respected women and he had run the largest number of campaigns for the protection of women. Mr. Balakrishnan also remarked that Ms. Joy would be benefited by the remark as the United Democratic Front (UDF) had now offered to give her due importance.

He alleged that the UDF government had humiliated the ‘Suryanelli girl' by getting her arrested while three of her male co-accused were not arrested.

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