Achuthanandan clarifies remarks on ‘bid’ to oust him

Published: 10th December 2012 10:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2012 10:29 AM   |  A+A-

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Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan said on Sunday that he had never mentioned that the CPM was planning to remove him from the top post.

“I have clearly mentioned that the ruling front (UDF) was trying to dislodge me from the Opposition Leader’s post by hatching a conspiracy,” he said.

Addressing reporters here, the octogenarian Marxist leader clarified that he had never mentioned his party’s name in connection with the alleged conspiracy, that led to charges being framed against him over transfer of land to a relative during his tenure as Chief Minister.

“I had never mentioned anything which could imply that my party or anyone from the party had tried to dislodge me from the Opposition Leader’s post,” he said.

Earlier, the Marxist stalwart had alleged that the land allotment case foisted on him was the outcome of a conspiracy hatched by Chief Minster Oommen Chandy and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty.

It had prompted CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan to state that the Opposition Leader’s post was decided by the CPM and hence the party alone could remove V S from his post.

Last week, a High Court Single Bench had quashed the FIR filed by the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Department against  V S in the land allotment case.

However, with in the space of a few hours, a Division Bench had stayed the Single Bench order after the state government went in appeal.

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