Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) With the Sprinklr data ‘scam’ taking a toll on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose stock was on a high in the way Kerala was able to contain the spread of coronavirus, the CPI-M is rallying behind him, while the state secretariat is meeting here on Tuesday.

The “data scam” with regards to the transfer of Covid-19 suspects to a US-based PR and marketing firm Sprinklr was raised by the Congress whose legislator P.T. Thomas later dragged Vijayan’s daughter who owns an IT firm operating in Bengaluru.

On Sunday politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai came to the defence of Vijayan.

“During extraordinary times, extraordinary decisions will have to be taken. Right now we are facing and fighting a pandemic. The need of the hour is to wait as we have to fight Covid-19. Kerala has now become the cynosure of the world on how it tackled it. So let’s wait, we will discuss all issues at an appropriate time,” said Pillai.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor and senior CPI-M leader A. Vijayaraghavan slammed the Congress-led opposition for spreading canards.

“The Opposition is playing cheap politics at a time when the state and people are passing through very tough times and the government is doing everything to ease their tension. This is not acceptable,” said Vijayaraghavan.

Now all eyes are on Vijayan, who last week had said that there will be no daily press briefings after the review meeting of Covid-19, but he is now expected to address the media tomorrow and is expected to answer all queries.

–IANS

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