Thiruvananthapuram, October11 : Caught off-guard by the LDF government’s decision to order a vigilance probe into the solar scam on the day of the Vengara by-election, the opposition UDF closed ranks to hit back at the government in a desperate bid to salvage the situation.
Coming down on the LDF government, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s decision to order a probe against congress leaders including former chief minister Oommen Chandy was but aimed at influencing the Vengara by-election.
“The political aim behind ordering a probe on the day of the Vengara by-election is clear as daylight. This is an extraordinary move on the part of the government,” he added.
“The public would dismiss outright this politically motivated move by the LDF government. The enlightened people of Kerala would decipher the political motivation behind this move,” Chennithala charged.
Congress working committee member A K Antony also termed the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government’s decision as politically motivated, coming as it did on the day of the Vengara by-election.
He also warned the government not to harbour the hope they could weaken the congress party by putting its leadership in the dock.
Former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan categorically refuted the charge that he had tried to scuttle the probe into the alleged solar scam.
“I have deposed before the solar commission for four days. None of the then serving police officers have, either before or after my deposition before the commission, raised the complaint that I had tried to interfere in the police probe,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said.
He also pointed out that the solar commission report had yet to come out.
Meanwhile, congress legislator K Muraleedharan welcomed any probe into the contents of the solar commission report.
Saying that there was no doubt that the decision to order the probe was politically motivated, he issued a thinly-veiled threat, cautioning the LDF against harbouring the notion that they would always remain in power.
Putting up a brave front, former chief minister Oommen Chandy welcomed the probe, saying that he had nothing to fear as he had done no wrong.
Chandy called for the report prepared by the Justice Sivarajan-led solar commission to be put in the public domain.
He also questioned the alacrity with which the LDF government chose to order a vigilance probe into the alleged findings of the report even as the report remains as yet unreleased.
“The commission have held long sittings. I have answered all questions. The findings of the commission should come out. Let the government first disclose the contents of the report. Neither the UDF, nor the Congress, nor I have anything to fear about this,” Chandy said.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a press briefing on Wednesday announced that the LDF government has decided to order a probe by the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (VACB) into the infamous solar scam on the basis of the report submitted by the G Sivarajan-led commission.
The Sivarajan-led commission was constituted during the tenure of the previous UDF government to look into the solar scam following much public outcry.