KANNUR: Taking advantage of the discord in the Opposition over the allegations of bribery involving senior minister K M Mani, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chenithala attacked the Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Tuesday and asked the Opposition to spell out their demand clearly.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday morning, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy claimed that the government had nothing to hide in the bar scam. The government is not afraid of any investigation.
The Home Minister asked the Vigilance to make a preliminary enquiry about the allegations when the Leader Of Opposition V S Achuthanandan raised the demand in writing. VS gave a letter to the Vigilance Director to probe the allegations and the Home Minister directed the vigilance to make an inquiry.
V S Achuthanandan now dismisses his earlier letter and wants a CBI inquiry. Why he did not demand a CBI probe in writing, Oommen Chandy quipped.
The Chief Minister also criticised Achuthandan’s invitation to RSP and SJD back into the LDF camp. The invitation extended to SJD and RSP was the result of political disappointment, he ridiculed. “Since the UDF gained power, the Opposition has been trying out various tricks to topple the government. And all those stratagy fell flat. Now, out of desperation, they are trying to wean off some of the UDF constituents,” the chief minister criticised.
Interacting with the press here, Ramesh Chennithala said that Vigilance would probe the political conspiracy behind the allegations against K M Mani in the bar scam.
The minister also slammed the opposition for the discord in the front. Let the LDF first reach a common decision on what kind of investigation should be ordered in the bar scam.
The government cannot change its decisions as per the whims of the Opposition, he added.