Tribal land scam: UDF stand vindicated, says Chandy

Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said the UDF stand on gross irregularities in transfer of tribal land at Attappady in Palakkad to a private wind mill farm had been vindicated by today`s cabinet decision.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 19:34 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said the UDF stand on gross irregularities in transfer of tribal land at Attappady in Palakkad to a private wind mill farm had been vindicated by today`s cabinet decision.

Chandy, who heads the opposition block in the state assembly,said the principal ruling party CPI-M, however, owed an explanation to the people as to why it defended the deal when the opposition raised it in the assembly and outside.

"We welcome the cabinet decision. But the CPI-M should
explain as to why it took a stand supporting the company
when we raised the issue alleging that transfer of vast
swathes of tribal land involved gross irregularities and
corruption", Chandy told a press meet here.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said
the cabinet had approved the report of Chief Secretary on the
issue and directed the authorities concerned to to take steps
to retrieve the land from the company and restore it to the
tribals.

Chandy said the position of the UDF in lottery issue and
the theme park at Pappinassery, run by a society controlled
by the CPI-M, had also been proved right by recent
developments concerning them.

On lottery issue, the government had for long held that the
state did not have powers to contain the lottery mafia, who
indulged in all sorts of irregularities in sales of
out-of-state lottery tickets.

Now the state government had begun to take action which
made it clear that the state government had been shying away
from acting firmly against the `lottery mafia`.

Similarly, the opposition had held that setting up of a
theme park at Pappinessry in Kannur close to the mangroves
involved violation of environmental and conservation laws.
This view had been upheld by the high court while considering
the related case, he said.

This showed that the UDF stand on these three vital issues
had been vindicated, he said.

PTI