MLA's resignation: CPM alleges Cong conspiracy

Thiruvananthapuram: Jolted by the resignation of one of its MLAs from the assembly citing factionalism, CPI-M in Kerala today alleged it was a result of a conspiracy led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to protect the UDF Government, which has a wafer thin majority in the House.

CPI-M State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said parlimentary democracy had been destroyed by Chandy and his followers by "encouraging" political defection to protect the UDF Government.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan alleged the UDF had 'bought' party MLA Selvaraj to gain advantage in the March 17 Piravom assembly by-election.

Denying the CPI-M charge, Chandy said the UDF did not want to resort to any political machinations to remain in power. In Piravom also, the front was confident of a comfortable win.

Vijayan charged that Selvaraj was lured with promises that led to his resignation. The fear of defeat in the Piravom by-election was also a reason for UDF to "manipulate" the resignation of Selvaraj, he claimed.

KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said in Piravom that even an MLA was not getting protection within the CPI-M. "How can people vote for such a party?" he asked.

Selvaraj, who represented Neyyattinkara assembly segment in the district, today resigned from the House saying he was a victim of 'factionalism' in the party.

Announcing his resignation to reporters at Neyyattinkara Selvaraj said he was "forced" to take the decision after realising that he would not get "any justice or protection" from the party leadership.