VD Satheesan and Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: ANI, Mathrubhumi Archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader VD Satheesan has slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan government over its “mysterious silence” on the buffer-zone issue. This comes at a time when the government is facing flak over the satellite survey report on buffer zones.
The objections against the satellite survey report of the state government are also gaining momentum over the last few days, with locals of affected areas, the Congress party and Christian religious organisations terming the survey as "inaccurate" and "incomplete". According to Satheesan, the lackadaisical approach of the government has turned the situation worse. Targetting the chief minister, he put forth the following questions:
1. If the government intended to exclude residential areas from buffer zones, why did it forward a copy of its 2019 order seeking the identification of buffer zones to the centre and Supreme Court?
2. What was the motive behind issuing a new order without revoking the first controversial order?
3. Why did the government adopt satellite survey instead of conducting a manual survey with the incorporation of revenue-local body departments?
4. What was the reason behind keeping the satellite survey report under the rug for around three and a half months?
5. Does the CM bear responsibility if the Supreme Court rules against the interests of the state?