As the campaigning to the Aruvikkara Assembly bypoll concludes on Thursday, the CPI (M) said the expose of “brothel culture” prevailing among Congress ministers showed that “Kerala is ruled by the underworld”.
Just a day ago, solar scam accused Saritha S Nair, in a recorded conversation, had stated that there is a lobby among Congress ministers in Kerala, who trap women, sexually exploit and exchange them among the colleagues. When the solar scam was exposed in 2013, the detailed call list of Nair had showed that some of the congress ministers were engaged in prolonged conversation with her at odd hours. She had earlier told a court that she was sexually exploited by several political leaders, but the magistrate had failed to record her statement. The magistrate had late faced disciplinary action.
Addressing a press conference at Aruvikkara, CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan said the cabinet is filled with dirty ministers. “Kerala hasnever witnessed a similar scenario. A brothel culture is prevailing in the cabinet. Corruption charges are coming like an avalanche,” said Vijayan, who is heading the party’s campaign at Aruvikkara.
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Vijayan said the poll outcome from the bypoll would be a shock treatment for Congress government. “The entire cabinet has stooped to the level of a sex racket. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should react to the revelations of Nair that the cabinet members are engaged in exchanging women among themselves,” he said.
Vijayan pointed out the contradiction in senior Congress leaders soliciting votes for Congress candidate after publically stating that corruption has become rampant in Kerala under its regime. He said the government would collapse when the result of the bypoll comes out next week.
Meanwhile, Congress attacked Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan for his statement against party working committee member A K Antony. The Congress had turned against Achuthanandan after he attracted a huge turnout at public meetings during the campaigning.
Achuthanandan had stated that Antony is an ‘arattu mundan’, who is carrying a light in front of the process of corruption staged by Congress in Kerala. Achuthanandan was referring to a temple practice in Kerala in which a short man (mundan), would carry light in front of a procession led by a royal family member. Congress felt it as insulting considering that Antony is a short man.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Achuthanandan has insulted Antony. “People of Aruvikkara constituency will give befitting reply to his derogatory remark. Achuthanandan should be tolerant towards political criticism.”
VS was provoked by Congress state president V M Sudheeran’s comment that the Opposition leader is a lamb being taken to slaughter house. He said a lamb would be fed very well before being slaughtered.
CPI (M) was treating Achuthanandan in a similar manner during the campaigning. After the election is over, the party would crack the whip against him on pending charges of indiscipline, said Sudheeran.
Although VS had been not co-operating with the party since he walked out of the recent state conference, CPI (M) played to hilt his mass appeal during the electioneering.