Kochi: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan
Wednesday lashed out at Defence Minister A K Antony describing him as `Mauni baba`, maintaining a stoic silence even as various
corruption cases surfaced in the Centre.
"In various corruption cases to hit the UPA government,
including 2G and Adarsh housing scam, Antony had remained a
mute spectator like `Mauni baba`, he said at a meet-the-press
programme at Ernakulam Press club here.
He slammed Antony for failing to take the initiative to
sort out the issue of Irom Sharmila who has been on indefinite
fast since the past 11 years in Manipur, demanding repealing
of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
Achuthanandan alleged that UDF had engineered the
resignation of Neyyatinkara CPI(M) MLA R Selvaraj to make way
for another bypoll after it became clear to them that they would lose the Piravom byelection.
He admitted that the resignation of Selvaraj had caught
CPI(M) leaders unawares which was a serious mistake.
On the UDF`s slogan of `speedy and faster development`, he
said it would wreck havoc in the state.
Achuthanandan also alleged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had
through government chief whip P C George levelled charges
against Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance judge, who had ordered
further investigation in the Palmolein import case.