Cong in Kerala welcomes decision on Singhvi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 21:13
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress in Kerala on Wednesday welcomed the central leadership's decision to restrain AICC spokesperson Manu Abhishek Singhvi from holding media briefings in the context of the row over his appearance in the lottery case in the Kerala High Court which embarrassed the party state unit deeply.

The state Finance Minister and CPI-M Central Committee member T M Thomas Isaac, however, dubbed it as a "mere face-aving step."

"We are glad that the central leadership has saved the pride of the Congress workers in Kerala", said the party MLA, V D Satheesan, who raised alleged corruption and irregularities in the operation of out-of-state lotteries in the state assembly,which was taken up as a key theme by the party against the LDF Government in the ongoing civic polls campaign.

Satheesan,however, sought to know whether Chief Minister Achuthanandan would drop Isaac from his cabinet since he had failed to rein in Bhutan and Sikkim lotteries which siphoned of crores of rupees from the state.

The ruling Left Democratic Front and the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala have been engaged in a wordy duel over the lottery issue in the last few months.

With the LDF had seizing the issue of Singhvi's appearance in the High Court for lottery promoter Megha Distributors as a weapon to strike back at the Congress-led UDF.

The Congress in the state had lodged a complaint with the high command seeking action against Singhvi.


First Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 21:13

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