Munnar anti-encroachment drive was halted to prevent collapse of VS cabinet: Ex-min Divakaran

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A JCB pulls down an illegal construction in Munnar - C Divakaran, VS Achuthanandan | Photos: TK Pradeep Kumar, Binulal G ; Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister and CPI veteran C Divakaran has alleged that the anti-encroachment drive in Munnar was deliberately halted to avert the collapse of the cabinet led by VS Achuthanandan between 2006 and 2011.

According to Divakaran, who served as the food and civil supplies minister in the VS Achuthanandan cabinet, the decision to allow the resumption of operations at the Harrison Plantation in Munnar was influenced by the intervention of the then labour minister, PK Gurudasan. Divakaran claims that the forest minister at the time, Binoy Viswam, faced criticism for signing the file without heeding his cautionary advice.

He noted that there were difference of opinion in LDF due to the drive. “VS’ findings in the recruitment of officials for the drive did not go wrong. However, it failed to embrace better temper and study about situations,” he penned.

These claims have been made in Divakaran’s autobiography titled ‘Kanalvazhikalilodae’. The book is set to be released on Thursday by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran.

The book primarily focuses on Divakaran's personal experiences and his involvement in parliamentary politics. According to reports, the book also mentions Pinarayi Vijayan's love for food.

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