Congress leader and Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday hit back at V S Achuthanandan, saying he would file a complaint with the Election Commission against the CPI(M) veteran for levelling “false charges” of vigilance cases pending against him.
“Achuthanandan is spreading lies with the deliberate intention of defaming me,” Chennithala said at a meet-the press programme while referring to the Marxist veteran’s statement that nine Vigilance cases are pending against him.
“Not a single case is pending against me,” he said and added that there was no case against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also.
Achuthanandan had alleged that there were 31 cases pending against Chandy in the Apex Court and 136 corruption cases against 18 UDF ministers.
On April 25, Chandy had stated that he would file a complaint with EC against Achuthanandan for levelling false charges.
Referring to the political situation in the run-up to the May 16 polls, Chennithala said CPI(M) in Kerala is the party’s main political enemy and attacked it, saying the communist party believes in political violence.
“It will be authoritarian rule in Kerala if CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan becomes Chief Minister, if the party comes to power,” he said.
However, there was no such possibility as the political climate in the state was in favour of UDF, Chennithala said.
He said BJP would fail to open is account in Kerala this time also as it has in the past.
Though BJP was a force at the national level, the saffron party was insigificant in the state. “The poll results will prove that,” he added.
Chennithala said Congress felt that a unity of secular democratic forces, including the Left, was necessary to take on the challenges posed by BJP at the national level.