December 21, 2010 12:10:15 pm
After a united Opposition paralysed Parliament for the whole winter session,the Congress-led Opposition saw its chance for payback on Tuesday when the UDF stalled proceedings in the Kerala Assembly over the money-for-job scam.
The Speaker had rejected their demand for an adjournment on the issue after Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan stated that a thorough probe into the scandal was already on.
Marking a stormy note to the brief year-end session,the UDF members stormed the well of the House during zero hour as Achuthanandan also declined to concede the demand for the resignation of Revenue Minister K P Rajendran and a judical probe to unearth the entire gamut of the fraud.
The job scam has been rattling Kerala for the last fortnight after it was detected that eight people had got jobs in the Wayanad collectorate by producing forged documents including fake appointment letter from PSC and paying huge amounts to middlemen.
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Several people,including the kingpin of the racket,have already been arrested and the district collector two senior officials suspended for their laxity in detecting the fraud and taking prior action.
Raising the issue in the house during zero hour,senior Congress legislator Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan said this was the biggest job scandal that has taken place in Kerala and the government could not run away by giving lame excuses.
He wanted Rajendran,a CPI nominee in the Cabinet,to quit owning moral responsibility for what had happened in his department.
Supporting his colleague,Opposition leader Oommen Chandy made an unsparing attack on the government and said the credibility of PSC had been affected due to the ineptitude of the government.
Countering the UDF attack,Achuthanandan said quick and effective action had already been taken in the case and no one would be spared if proved guilty. He said the Opposition was on its normal practice of disrupting the business in the House by raising issues.
Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan the UDF was trying to create a smokescreen over the issue despite the government revealing in details what all steps it had already been taken.
As the Opposition members raised slogans,Speaker K Radhakrishnan signalled the treasury benches to rush through the urgent business and adjourned the house for the day.
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