press trust of india
Thiruvananthapuram, 22 July
The 24-hour dharna by activists of CPI-M led LDF Opposition in Kerala demanding resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar panel scam began in front of the state Secretariat today.
Despite heavy rains, LDF activists took part in the dharna that began at 10 a.m., under the leadership of CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vijayan said the agitation was for the resignation of Mr Chandy and a judicial probe into the issue and not for toppling the UDF government.
The propaganda that the agitation was to bring down the government was with a view to protecting Mr Chandy, Mr Vijayan said.
Opposition leader in the Assembly, Mr V S Achuthanandan wanted Mr Chandy to quit rather than cling to power. By suppressing the LDF agitation, it would not be possible to check the truth from coming out.
LDF MPs, MLAs and senior leaders of the Front participated in the dharna.
The Solar scam pertains to defrauding a large number of people to the tune of crores by Saritha Nair and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan by offering solar energy solutions.
It attained political significance after the arrest of a Private Assistant of Mr Chandy and removal of two others from the CM’s office for their alleged link with the solar case accused.
The LDF has also decided to organise similar dharnas at district headquarters on all days from 24 July.
Mr on Saturday had said that he was not allergic to a judicial probe into the solar scam.“At the moment, investigation is on. The Left opposition is not interested in the truth; all they want is to cash in on the matter politically," he had said, addressing party workers.