KERALA

DCC decries VS’ silence

Special correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The District Congress Committee (DCC) took out a march to the Secretariat on Saturday to protest against what it described as the government’s move to save CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan from the Lavalin corruption case.

DCC president V.S. Sivakumar, who inaugurated march, charged Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan with having entered into a secret deal with the Polit Bureau on the Lavalin issue. That was why he was maintaining silence on the biggest instance of corruption which Kerala had ever seen. But his silence was pregnant. The people were concerned over the developments, he said.

Mr. Sivakumar said the CPI(M) which was challenging the people through anti-people measures was now raising its sword against the democratic system of the country.

Threat

The party’s threat to physically handle those who agitated against its leader did not befit democratic culture. The Congress which had fought the British Army for the freedom of the country could not be cowed down by such threats, Mr. Sivakumar said.

The mandalam committees of the district would organise torchlight processions on Sunday to focus attention on the issue, the DCC president said.

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