Caught in a good spot, the Kerala CPI(M)’s technique now could be ‘assault is the perfect defence’ and after hitting out on the nationwide probe companies, it’s the CAG that got here beneath its ire on Sunday. State Finance Minister Thomas Issac went hammer and tongs towards the Comptroller and Auditor Basic.
The CPI-M with a purpose to take the battle towards the varied central companies, has determined to organise a state-wide protest on Monday. Round 2.5 million celebration supporters are anticipated to collect throughout the state to warn the Centre, to not settle political scores utilizing companies.
Already Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has gone on report towards the varied probe companies engaged in unravelling scams within the southern state and tore into them stating that they have been participating in political vendetta, unleashed by the BJP, which is on the Centre.
Since July 5, when the gold smuggling rip-off surfaced and likewise the impropriety in Vijayan’s pet project-Life Mission surfaced, the NIA, Customs, CBI, ED and the Earnings Tax have been working time beyond regulation in Kerala and has left the CPI-M and Vijayan red-faced.
Then got here the sudden flip of occasions, when Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was picked up by the Bengaluru unit of the ED after his hyperlinks surfaced with Anoop Mohammed who was arrested by the Narcotics Management Bureau.
By the way the double blow got here for Vijayan and the CPI-M, as on October 29, each, M.Sivasankar- the secretary of Vijayan and Bineesh have been arrested by the ED.
Whereas Sivasankar was arrested by the Kochi unit for his alleged hyperlinks within the gold smuggling case, after it surfaced that he and the prime accused Swapna Suresh have been buddies and companions within the ‘crime’, Bineesh arrest was by the Bengaluru unit.
At current each are in jail — one in Kochi and different in Bengaluru.
Simply because the Life Mission (undertaking for constructing houses for the homeless) is the pet undertaking of Vijayan, KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Funding Fund Board) is one which raises feelings and passions for Issac. KIIFB is a authorities owned monetary establishment shaped to mobilize funds for infrastructure improvement from outdoors the state income and quite a few initiatives are assigned funds from KIIFB.
On Sunday, Issac breathed fireplace on the CAG, after he himself blurted out to the media that the draft report of the CAG audit report on KIIFB doesn’t augur properly and is a blatant assault by the Centre on the state.
The draft report is known to have identified the lapses in the way in which KIIFB was run and Issac is reported to have briefed his celebration about it and the celebration has given its nod to tackle the CAG.
“It is unprecedented act of the CAG and it seems it is out to spoil the event of Kerala. It is true it is a constitutional physique, however they’ve to grasp that and therefore we is not going to take issues mendacity down,” mentioned Issac.
However State BJP President Ok.Surendran mentioned all it is a ploy of the CPI-M as they’re caught in main scams.
“The gold smuggling gang has additionally bought themselves concerned in KIIFB initiatives too and Issac and Swapna Suresh have a superb relation and Issac will run into bother due to this. Issac is launching a broadside towards the CAG as a result of they’ve introduced out the wrongs that has taken place in KIIFB. Simply wait and see how issues are going to unfold because the ED has to probe the KIIFB additionally,” mentioned Surendran.
Chief of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala mentioned: “Issac has violated the essential tenants of legislation as how can a Minister reveal the contents of a CAG report, because it turns into a public doc solely when it is positioned earlier than the meeting.
“Issac thinks he can distract the eye of all from the gold smuggling and different instances. Already Balakrishnan has give up and now it is flip of Vijayan to give up. Issac is simply attempting to take issues away from the opposite scams and has taken on the CAG.”
The Congress-led opposition is considering to tackle Issac for his revelation on the draft CAG report, by approaching the President and the Kerala Governor.