Pinarayi ignored my letter on ESZ, says Rahul; CMO releases reply written a week ago

Pinarayi Vijayan and Rahul Gandhi | Photos: Mathrubhumi/PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala chief minister's office on Friday released the reply it wrote to Congress leader and MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi, on the buffer zone issue to counter the statement of the latter that the CM ignored his communication.

Rahul Gandhi, on his visit to Wayanad, had accused Pinarayi Vijayan of not responding to his letter even after a month receiving it. Rahul, in his letter, had asked Pinarayi to take necessary steps to avoid difficulties of the people in the high ranges. He was speaking at a rally against the Supreme Court order to set up a eco-sensitive zone of 1 km around the protected forests.

In the reply letter dated June 23 written by Pinarayi, the CM asked the MP to raise the matter in the parliament.

"Dear Shri. Rahulji,

I am in receipt of your letter dated June 8, 2022. Government of Kerala will take all possible steps to solve the difficulties of the local communities consequent to the Apex Court judgment on Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZ). In this context, I request you to raise this issue in the
forthcoming Parliament sessions," CM wrote.

Rahul, during the speech at Wayanad on Friday, urged Pinarayi to "stop creating confusion" over the issue "that had been created by themselves."

Rahul warned he would resist any of the state government's attempts to include the inhabited areas in the ESZ.

Meanwhile, the LDF government has decided to move the Supreme Court seeking modifications in the verdict.

LDF and UDF have been blaming each other on the matter.

(With inputs from agencies)

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