'Controversies have only helped in scuttling the government’s developmental programmes.'

A few people interested in creating controversies Kerala CM attacks CPI over Munnar evictionsSreekesh Raveendran Nair
news Politics Friday, June 30, 2017 - 11:06

Taking the spat between the CPI (M) and CPI to the next level, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday unleashed an indirect attack on the CPI saying that some people are more interested in creating controversies. 

These people think they are always right, said the Chief Minister while inaugurating the state conference of the Kerala Secretariat Employees Association on Thursday, as per a report in The Times of India. 

“The people who are interested in making controversies believe that they could derail the government’s effort to ensure social justice to all. They think that they can control everything. It is misconception,” Vijayan said.

“There is no scarcity for controversies in the state. These have only helped in scuttling the government’s developmental programmes. But the LDF would implement the schemes announced in the manifesto. No one should think of sabotaging development works," said the chief minister.

Vijayan’s remarks were apparently aimed at the CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran who has always taken an open and daring stand against its coalition partner the CPI (M). 

The latest standoff between the largest parties of the ruling Left Democratic Front coalition, was caused by the decision of the CPI (M) to convene a meeting to discuss the issues related with the Munnar evictions. 

CPI had flayed the government’s move to convene the meeting even after Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan wrote against it. CPI is handling the revenue portfolio.

CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said that if there is a complaint that the CPI was not invited to the meeting it will be examined in the LDF. He had also said that CPI (M) had not demanded the transfer of Devikulam Sub Collector Sreeram Venkitaraman.

The high level meeting to discuss the  Munnar eviction will be held on Saturday. The CPI (M) has said that the meeting is not to discuss the complaint of a particular individual. It is reported that revenue minister E Chandrasekharan will not attend the meeting. 

The eviction notices issued to illegal constructions and land possessions in Munnar had deepened the differences of opinion between the two parties. CPI (M) local leaders had opposed the move while CPI extended full support to the sub collector who led the move.

“Officials who ensure protection and safety for the common man would be protected, the government won’t protect any officer who makes the common man’s life difficult. The government was of the view that officers who take anti-people decisions were not suitable to become part of the civil service, the Chief Minister said.

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