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VS should state his stance: Chennithala

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KPCC chief says VS going back on his stance

T. Siddique alleges official plot to save Pinarayi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala has expressed doubt whether Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan is once again going back on his stated positions by keeping mum on the report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CB) in the Lavalin case.

Mr. Chennithala said in a statement here on Saturday that the Chief Minister, who had fought against corruption before and after the Left Democratic Front government came to power, had to renege on every issue. Hence, it should be doubted that he was preparing to change his stand on the Lavalin case also.

Both Mr. Achuthanandan and Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had said before the last Assembly election that they were in favour of any kind of inquiry into the deal with SNC Lavalin. Now, after the CBI had submitted its report, the party, including the Polit Bureau, had taken the stand that the case was politically motivated. Those opposed to corruption, including CPI (M) workers, were awaiting the response of Mr. Achuthanandan, who was also a member of the Polit Bureau. As Chief Minister, he was bound to state the stand of the government.

He added that the CPI(M) move to take the issue to the streets to save the party State secretary would work only in countries with the Stalinist system of administration.

Views sought

Staff Reporter writes from Kochi: Youth Congress State president T. Siddique on Saturday urged Mr. Achuthanandan to express his views on the report filed by the CBI seeking to arraign Mr. Vijayan as ninth accused in the Lavalin case.

At a press conference here, he alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched at the government level to save Mr. Vijayan. He alleged that the burst in the penstock pipes of the Panniyar power house sometime back was part of a move to sabotage the CBI investigation in the case. The pipes burst on the eve of a CBI visit to the power house in connection with the investigation. He said that Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had to take moral responsibility in the case as he had functioned as a political member of the KSEB when the deal was inked.

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