Opposition leader V S Achuthanadan on Monday said that there was some mystery behind the move of the State Government to release additional assistance to the Kochi Muziris Biennale despite the government initiating a Vigilance probe into alleged misappropriation of government funds by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He also demanded that the government should desist from such a move.
He said this in a statement that was read out at the agitation by several artists in front of the Secretariat on Monday against the government move. About 100 artists, including Kanayi Kunhiraman, Tensing Joseph, K K Rajappan and G Ajith Kumar participated in the protest.
They alleged that the government had betrayed the people by deviating from its stand that it would not provide any further assistance to the Biennale as a probe has been ordered. They demanded that the government should desist from the move to provide more assistance to the Biennale. Coming down heavily on the government for its alleged move to provide additional assistance, noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman said that the government had betrayed the people of the state.
The government had earlier said that it would not provide any further assistance to the Biennale since a probe was ordered into the misappropriation of government funds by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. But now the government had betrayed the people by violating its promise, he said. The same opinion was shared by Tensing Joseph, who alleged that the government was trying to give undue assistance to a Foundation, which amounted to misuse of power. Lantern Association (a group of artists) secretary G Ajith Kumar also said that they would strengthen their agitation if the govt goes ahead with its proposal.