Kochi: The CPM's decision to bring in an ordinance to curtail the powers of Lok Ayukta has irked even the allies in the ruling front. The decision has been termed unilateral as the party has not discussed it in the LDF.
“Our concerns will be raised in the LDF meeting. The issue has not been discussed with us so far. We hope there will be a meeting soon to express our views on it. Being a member of a party that follows the decorum of the Front, I don’t want to comment much on it in public,” said CPI leader Pannyan Raveendran.
Whereas, the CPI State Assistant Secretary, K Prakash Babu, told mathrubhumi.com that they don’t know anything about the ordinance as is not discussed in the Front. “It was through media we came to know that the CPM has taken such a decision to dilute the powers of Lok Ayukta. We don’t want to jump into a conclusion now as the LDF will discuss the matter in detail soon,” said Prakash Babu.
However, the state president of the Nationalist Congress Party, PC Chacko, told mathrubhumi.com that CPM leaders spoke to him days in advance. “Being an ally in the LDF, we are fully convinced on the ordinance and we support CPM on it,” said Chacko.
In the meantime, Opposition leader VD Satheesan and KPCC President K Sudhakaran have come out criticizing the government by alleging that the move is to destroy Lok Ayukta.
“It is shocking that the chief minister and higher education minister try to escape from the cases registered against them on corruption by slicing the wings of Lok Ayukta. Those who try to eliminate Lok Ayukta will also try to eliminate judiciary and other law enforcing systems too. CPM had voiced to strengthen Lok Ayukta, but when it comes to their own issue, they took a U-turn. CPM’s words against corruption are just a tongue exercise as they do not yield any results,” said Sudhakaran.
He also said that the CPM is planning to exercise maximum corruption by weakening Lok Ayukta. “We will fight tooth and nail against it,” added Sudhakaran.
Defending CPM, politburo member MA Baby said that there is nothing controversial in the new ordinance. “By bringing in this new ordinance, the state government wants to remove the term “shall’ and to replace it with ‘may’. In all the states, the state government may follow the directions of Lok Ayukta. In Kerala, the state government shall follow the directions of Lok Ayukta. Through the amendment, the state government tries to attain uniformity in the functioning of Lok Ayukta,” said MA Baby.