One more snooping controversy has surfaced, this time in Kerala.
The controversy was raked up by UDF convener PP Thankachan who told News channel Reporter TV that RSP and Janata Dal leaders had been under secret surveillance by the police.
Thankachan said that continuous police surveillance on coalition MLAs had revealed the CPI (M)'s plan to make five MLAs defect from the ruling UDF coalition.
"The special branch of police is designed to do such surveillance, it has done it all the time," he told Reporter TV.
Thankachan's comments created a furore, with Leader of the opposition VS Achuthanandan seeking responses from Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has denied these allegations and said that the coalition party leaders were not under any government or police surveillance.
Congress President VM Sudheeran with Ramesh Chennithala
Thankachan too has denied making the comment after his response sparked controversy. According to a report on The Hindu, he claimed to have never made such a comment and it was not the UDFâ€™s practice to keep its constituents under police surveillance. "The UDF believed in going forward with mutual trust and total unity," he said.
PP Thankachan said that he was misquoted and misinterpreted.