Kodiyeri Balakrishnan | Photo: Screengrab/ Mathrubhumi News
Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan asserted that former minister KT Jaleel requested the UAE ruler to ban 'Madhyamam' newspaper in the country without the party's consent. He added that banning newspapers is not a policy followed by CPM.
"When Madhyamam was banned earlier, CPM was against it. I would like to clarify that the party is not responsible for every letter written by MLAs and ministers. If Jaleel had violated the protocol, it is up to the external affairs ministry to take necessary action," he said.
Meanwhile, Kodiyeri also slammed the union government's stand on KIIFB.
" The BJP government is trying to thwart developments in the state. They aim to block development projects in the state before the Lok Sabha elections. For this purpose, ED is being used to topple governments in various states. BJP is trying to do the same in Kerala. That is why ED summoned former Finance Minister Thomas Isaac for interrogation," he added.
He stated the state government would politically and legally face the challenges posed by the union government. In connection with Independence day, protests will be organised at local party levels against the use of central agencies.
Earlier, in the affidavit filed before the Kerala High Court, Swapna Suresh alleged that KT Jaleel held several closed-door meetings with the UAE Consul General.
Further, Swapna also alleged that Jaleel sought help to ban the publication of a Malayalam newspaper in the UAE.