So­lar scam: Rahul to call on Ker­ala lead­ers to­day

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS -

Congress Vice-Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi has sum­moned se­nior party lead­ers from Ker­ala in the wake of the State gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to take le­gal ac­tion against a num­ber of its lead­ers, in­clud­ing for­mer chief min­is­ter Oom­men Chandy. The Congress lead­ers have been in­dicted by a Judicial Com­mis­sion prob­ing the in­fa­mous so­lar scam.

Rahul will meet the Congress’ Ker­ala brass here on Fri­day to for­mu­late the party’s le­gal and po­lit­i­cal strat­egy.

Leader of Op­po­si­tion Ramesh Chen­nithala met se­nior party leader AK Antony here on Thurs­day and main­tained that the CPI(M) is en­gaged in low-level pol­i­tics to ma­lign top lead­ers of the Congress-led UDF. Chen­nithala told re­porters that the “se­lec­tive leak­age” of the judicial en­quiry re­port was an at­tempt to set­tle scores with the Congress. He said the CPI(M) has used probe re­ports to serve its po­lit­i­cal pur­poses. Chen­nithala said le­gal ac­tion should not be taken on the ba­sis of judicial re­ports be­fore they are tabled in the State As­sem­bly. “This is breach of priv­i­lege. The CM did not make the re­port avail­able to the Op­po­si­tion,” Chen­nithala said.

He said the CPI(M) was help­ing the BJP in divert­ing the peo­ple’s at­ten­tion from the re­ports of money-laun­der­ing in­volv­ing BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s son. Chen­nithala said the Congress and the UDF will take on such at­tempts in a united man­ner.

Apart from Chen­nithala and Chandy, KPCC Pres­i­dent MM Hasan and Vice-Pres­i­dent VD Sathee­shan are also ex­pected to meet Rahul on the is­sue. The high-com­mand ap­par­ently has ad­vised the lead­ers to de­sist from mak­ing public com­ments on the re­port un­til it is tabled in the As­sem­bly. A sec­tion of Congress lead­ers, in­clud­ing leg­is­la­tor VT Bal­ram, have pub­licly voiced their dis­plea­sure at the way se­nior lead­ers were han­dling var­i­ous cases when the Congress was in power be­tween 2011 and 2016.

This 2013 pho­to­graph shows Congress Vice-Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi flanked by (left) Ker­ala’s Leader of Op­po­si­tion Ramesh Chen­nithala (who was then State party chief) and se­nior party leader Oom­men Chandy (who was then Chief Min­is­ter) C RATHEESH KUMAR

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