Kerala CM`s involvement in lottery issue suspected: Chennithala

Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 18:48

Kottayam: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee
president Ramesh Chennithala has said if the government is not
going to institute a judicial or CBI probe into the lottery
issue, there will be clear evidence that chief minister V S
Achutanandan involved in the issue.
Addressing a meet the press programme here today,
Chennithala said the decision to accept advance tax from
lottery operators would help the interests of lottery tycoon
Santiago Martin. The government with an appeal can move
supreme court for a stay, he said, adding lotteries of other
states had earned highest profits in CPI(M) ruled states like
West Bengal and Kerala.

He said the statement of Achutanandan that there were
shortcomings on the part of the government in lottery issue as
suggested by UDf proved right "Accepting guilt is not the
panacea, action be taken against Martin", he said.

Chennithala said since chief minister had mentioned
finance minister T M Thomas Isaac while mentioning the
shortcomings, Isaac should step down at the time of enquiry.

He said the panchayat raj system in the initital stage
was good, but it needed more accountability.

He said more central forces be appointed in Kannur as
there were incidents of attack on UDf candidates in some
areas. "if this is the trend before the election what would be
its after effects", he quipped.

To a query, he said this time the number of rebels in UDF
were less. while in LDF there were fight between CPI and
CPI-M in at least 20 panchayat wards including veliyum. LDF
is not using their official sysmbols for candidates where UDF
has strength.

To another question, he said KPCC will not interfere in
the internal affairs of its allies.
He said the high command was taking intitiatives in
solving the problems of Nair Service Society. UDF and
congress were always with NSS.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 18:48
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