Lok Ayukta amendment: CPI expresses protest, questions urgency of ordinance


CPI Assistant Secretary Prakash Babu alleged that the matter of amending an act that has existed for 22 years was not discussed within the front.

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the controversy over the LDF government's Lok Ayukta amendment ordinance, CPI has also voiced displeasure against it. CPI Assistant Secretary Prakash Babu alleged that the matter of amending an act that has existed for 22 years was not discussed within the front. It is not politically right to make changes in the Lok Ayukta act due to the fear of a few, he said. He pointed out that it was a grave mistake that the matter was not discussed with the party front.

"The ordinance should have been brought to the Assembly after discussing it with the concerned members in LDF. All MLAs should have given the opportunity to discuss with their parties and voice their opinion over bringing forth amendments in an act that was passed by the Assembly," Prakash Babu said.

He also added that CPI’s opinion is that it is not right to bring forth amendments in an act without holding proper discussions even in the cabinet.

Meanwhile, CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that recommending the Governor to sign such an ordinance when the Assembly was not in session is not constitutionally wrong.

However, CPI is questioning the urgency in bringing the ordinance to amend the Lok Ayukta act.

The Lok Ayukta act was passed in 1996-2001 after holding discussions in the Assembly. The CPI repeatedly pointed out that the government should have held proper discussions on the amendment ordinance before bringing it.

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