Chandy going slow on Bishop House attack case, says Murali

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) president K. Muraleedharan on Monday alleged that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was not interested in processing the Neyyatinkara Bishop's House attack case with a view to punishing the accused, including those who were absconding.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme, organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust here, Mr. Muraleedharan said that the first accused in the case was arrested because the UDF realised that it would lose the Latin Catholic votes. However, the investigations showed that the Chief Minister was not interested in taking further action.

He said that the UDF was promoting violence in the constituency. The police was conspicuously absent in places of such violence. Thiruvananthapuram was witnessing a direct fight between the UDF and the LDF. The BJP's campaign was a low-key affair even though the party had inducted its national leaders. He said that the LDF and the DIC(K) were jointly campaigning for the election.

With regard to the Civil Rights Protection campaign of the Congress, he said that the campaign focussed on only one side of the issue. Political violence in Kannur took a gruesome colour only after the Congress organisational elections in 1991.

The DIC(K) would hold a conclave of tsunami victims who had been denied any assistance and had tearful stories to narrate about the UDF Government's negligence.

He alleged that the UDF was using money power in its campaign as could be seen by the flex boards electioneering materials it had put up.

Mr. Muraleedharan said that the DIC(K) would organise a padayatra from November 24 to January 9 from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram.

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