Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today termed as unfortunate the High Court verdict directing the state government to collect advance tax from Megha distributors treating them as the promoters of Bhutan lotteries in the state.
"The High Court verdict is very unfortunate," he aid, answering a query at a meet-the-press programme here.
The state had submitted before the Court that there was no documentary evidence to prove that Megha distributors was
the authorised agent of Bhutan lotteries.
Achuthanandan alleged that it was the policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the centre which promoted the
`lottery mafia' in the state. `Megha' got registration during the tenure of the previous UDF government.
Congress party's link with the lottery mafia was exposed with party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi appearing for Megha against the state government in the lottery case, he said.
The Chief Minister said the government would take steps to run the state lotteries without any shortcomings to help
the thousands of sellers and agents in the sector.
Replying to a question on CPI(M)-backed independent MLA Manhalamkuzhi Ali resigning from the assembly following
differences with the party leadership, he said Ali choosing to join the `regressive forces' was unfortunate.
Stating that Ali had made contributions to the Leftist peoples' movements and welfare of non-resident Keralites,
Achuthanandan said his present stand would only indirectly help the Congress-led UDF. "I hope Ali will re-examine his
decision and correct the mistake," he said.
He replied in the negative when asked whether minorities were distancing themselves from the Left. The Left parties had
always been in the forefront of protecting minorites, he said.
Describing the Opposition UDF as a `divided camp,' he said the ruling LDF would register a clear victory in the
coming local body polls. "The UDF will disintegrate once the results of the polls are out," he said.