New Delhi, Jan. 29 (ANI): Taking potshots at the Congress High Command for protecting a ‘proven corrupt’ Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that the Kerala Government is sinking in the swamp of deceit, hypocrisy and corruption.
Highlighting the revelation of Saritha Nair, one of the accused in the scame, that the Kerala Chief Minister attempted a cover-up, BJP spokesperson M J Akbar said Chandy has no moral or political right to stay even one minute more in office.
“Apart from the rampant culture of corruption which has been proven by the evidence of Saritha Nair, we also now know that he has been sending emissaries to Saritha Nair in order to persuade her to change her evidence. This is shocking and appalling misuse of power in order to defend corruption or in order to protect himself. This is absolute misuse of state authority,” Akbar told the media here.
“The Kerala Government has become a government ‘of the corrupt, by the corrupt’. We all know the facts of the case. A sum of Rs. 1. 90 crores was paid to the Chief Minister, a sum of Rs. 40 lakhs was paid to a minister Aryadan Muhammed,” he added.
Saritha, one of the two main accused in the scam, has reportedly told a former judge investigating the case that Chandy and other Congress leaders called her mother in 2013 and asked her not to reveal anything.
The BJP also threw light on the resignation of RSP’s Kovoor Kunjumon, who has stated that no ‘self-respecting person’ can continue with the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), to target Chandy.
“The government there is cracking up an MLA of the RSP from Kunnathur, Kovoor Kunjumon, has resigned because people within the government are also unable to stomach the sodded levels of corruption. This will be a year of justice in Kerala,” said Akbar.
“In the coming elections, the people will erase this government but of course they will not erase the memories of this government because full justice will be done by the courts,” he added.
The BJP also lashed out at the Congress High Command for initiating action against Chandy.
“We are equally shocked by the Congress High Command’s decision to protect a proven corrupt Chief Minister despite the evidence but perhaps the reason for this is because the Congress High Command is also facing charges of severe corruption of almost thousands of crores in the National Herald case,” said Chandy.
“When the High Command is standing in the court facing corruption charges, perhaps they have no moral authority to ask one of their Chief Ministers to resign for the same reason otherwise they would have to probably resign themselves,” he added.
Meanwhile, Congress MP from Ernakulam K.V. Thomas met party president Sonia Gandhi today to brief her about the latest developments in Kerala in the wake of growing agitations and protests staged by the opposition in different parts of the state.
Chandy, who has categorically rejected the opposition demand for his resignation, has moved a petition in the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of FIR ordered against him by the Thrissur vigilance court.
The vigilance court yesterday ordered the probe against Chandy and Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed on a public interest litigation filed by a social worker alleging their involvement in the solar scam following accused Saritha Nair’s revelations before the Solar Inquiry Commission.
The solar scam pertains to cheating of several persons worth crores of rupees by Saritha and her co-accused Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar panel solutions. (ANI)