Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Tuesday refuted the claims made by Sreedharan Nair on their meeting at the former's office reiterating that Nair had met him as part of a delegation of quarry owners to communicate their grievances but categorically denied it had anything to do with the solar scam.
"As I said yesterday (Monday), again I am saying on two occasions Sreedharan Nair had met me, and on both the occasions Saritha S. Nair was not present. He came along with other members of a Quarry Association to give me representations," Chandy said in the Assembly.
However, when Deputy Leader of the Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wanted to know if Sarita Nair was present along with Sreedharan Nair when he had come to meet Chandy, the CM replied that there were many visitors in the office on that day.
When Thomas Isaac asked him whether they could release the CCTV clippings of those who visited the Chief Minister, Chandy has said the webcam is live but nothing can be recorded.
"We will not bend our knees before a political conspiracy," said Chandy amidst a thunderous applause from the treasury benches.
"Today is the 10th day in succession that you have stalled the proceedings of the assembly on the very same solar scam issue. I will say the same thing that I said on the previous nine occasions. I don't need the privilege of a chief minister or even that of a legislator, all I ask you is please give me the rights of an ordinary citizen," he said.
Sreedharan Nair Monday said he paid Rs.40 lakh in three instalments to Saritha Nair to erect a solar panel factory at Palakkad after being convinced that the project was viable after he met Chandy along with Saritha Nair.
As in the previous days, the Left Opposition members trooped into the well of the house forcing the speaker to adjourn the house for a while.