Kottayam: A view of flood hit Kottayam district of Kerala, on July 20, 2018.. Image Source: IANS

Thiruvananthapuram, April 03 : In a bid to put the CPI(M)-led LDF government on the mat in the run up to the general elections, the opposition UDF has latched on to the report on Kerala floods submitted by the amicus curiae before the Kerala high court on Wednesday.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala in a facebook post said that the government's lies on the floods had collapsed like a house of cards before the amicus curiae's finding that lapses in dam management had caused the floods.

Coming down on the LDF government, Chennithala charged the government with being responsible for the deaths of the 450 people who perished in the August floods that devastated the state.

"I was targeted by the government when I called the floods a man-made disaster. The government parried away all charges against it thus far by fudging numbers and miscontruing facts in their favor. But they should realise that they cannot deceive everyone all the time," the congress leader wrote.

Congress Kerala unit (KPCC) chief Mullappally Ramachandran and deputy leader of opposition M K Muneer called for the resignation of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, saying that those responsible for the floods had no right to remain in power.

The report submitted by amicus curiae Jacob P Alex reportedly says that the flood disaster was caused by lapses in dam management and the sudden release of water from all dams simultaneously amidst heavy downpour. The amicus curiae in the report has also called for a judicial inquiry and the constitution of an expert committee to ascertain the exact facts behind the August floods.

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