01 February Wednesday

Chennithala Draws Flak: No-trust Motion Ended Up Backfiring, Say Congress & Muslim League leaders

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Wednesday Aug 26, 2020


Thiruvananthapuram : There is growing criticism among leaders in Congress and Muslim League who believe  that the no-trust motion against state government in the Assembly, only served to backfire. The move in effect set stage for the Left government to array its  achievements, several members introspected. And, the focus of their  flak  is opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala blaming  that  the motion went up in smoke as  it was propped up without adequately informing or discussing with party seniors.

Congress’s A Group  accused Chennithala of enjoying the moments when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recounted  testimony given by former Chief Minister  Oomen Chandy’s  to the judicial commission in the Solar scam. It further raised brows asking, why  Chennithala who barged into CM’s discourse several times with questions,  let accusations against Chandy pass off quietly? According to inside sources, Oomen Chandy and aides have expressed deep discontent over the episode.

Muslim League expressed displeasure over  Congressmen remaining silent when their leader PK  Kunhalikutty specified names involved in the gold smuggling case. Also, Congress’s quiet when Veena George read out names of League leaders in context of gold smuggling was particularly telling, the League leaders said.

PJ Joseph complained about missing the cow farming topic in discussion - a grievance   KPCC chief countered saying the Kerala Congress leader was largely supportive of CM.

Congress meanwhile maintained that the real setback came from two lost UDF votes during Rajya Sabha elections and non-trust motion. MLAs also blamed floor mismanagement for Chief Minister’s address that ran for full 3 hours and  during which the Opposition was inadvertently  rendered passive.

According to sources, ‘A’ faction informed KPCC leadership that the no-trust motion on Monday served nothing at all other than to underscore political upper handedness wielded  by the ruling government.