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CM's involvement in lottery issue suspected: Chennithala

india Updated: Oct 21, 2010 16:24 IST

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Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala has said if the government is not going to institute a judicial or CBI probe into the lottery issue, there will be clear evidence that chief minister V S Achutanandan involved in the issue.

Addressing a meet the press programme in Kottayam, Chennithala said the decision to accept advance tax from lottery operators would help the interests of lottery tycoon Santiago Martin.

The government with an appeal can move supreme court for a stay, he said, adding lotteries of other states had earned highest profits in CPI(M) ruled states like West Bengal and Kerala.

He said the statement of Achutanandan that there were shortcomings on the part of the government in lottery issue as suggested by UDF proved right "Accepting guilt is not the panacea, action be taken against Martin", he said.

Chennithala said since chief minister had mentioned finance minister T M Thomas Isaac while mentioning the shortcomings, Isaac should step down at the time of enquiry.

He said the panchayat raj system in the initital stage was good, but it needed more accountability.

He said more central forces be appointed in Kannur as there were incidents of attack on UDf candidates in some areas.

"if this is the trend before the election what would be its after effects", he quipped. To a query, he said this time the number of rebels in UDF were less.

While in LDF there were fight between CPI and CPI-M in at least 20 panchayat wards including veliyum. LDF is not using their official sysmbols for candidates where UDF has stength.

To another question, he said KPCC will not interfere in the internal affairs of its allies. He said the high command was taking intitiatives in solving the problems of Nair Service Society. UDF and congress were always with NSS.