Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led Opposition Thursday created uproar in the Assembly seeking Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s resignation in the wake of solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishnan’s revelations.
Soon after the Question Hour started this morning, the Opposition members shouted slogans and held placards seeking the chief minister’s resignation. They, however, didn’t disrupt the Question Hour session.
CPI(M) leader E P Jayarajan, while seeking leave for the motion, demanded a comprehensive inquiry into the allegations by Radhakrishnan that a bribe of Rs 5.50 crore was paid to Chandy as part of his solar solution business Lashing out at the Congress-led UDF government, he also said Chandy has no "moral or legal right" to continue as Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, replying to a notice for an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition on the fresh deposition by Radhakrishnan, said he has no right to continue in public life or hold any post if there is even one per cent truth in the charges.
Chandy said he would take legal recourse to bring out the alleged CD and other "evidence" to reveal the truth.
"The allegation, raised by the Opposition, is a very serious one. I have no right to continue in public life and in any post if there is even one per cent truth in it," he said.
"My life is an open book. Levelling charges without an iota of truth is actually a challenge to the society, political system and to the state," an emotional Chandy said.
Countering the Opposition charges, Chandy said that "Radhakrishnan had enmity towards this government for farming charges under IPC 320 in connection with the murder of his wife.
"Even though I had to pay a huge price (facing allegations) for this, I am happy that I did justice," the CM said.
Soon, Labour Minister Shibhu Baby John was also on his feet and said he was hurt when his name was dragged in the scam.
"Yesterday, when my name came, it hurt me... I wish to place on record that if it's proved that I have ever met this person (Saritha Nair) or even made a telephone call, I will resign as minister and quit public life," he said.
When Speaker N. Sakthan disallowed an adjournment motion, the entire opposition was up in arms and trooped near the speaker's chair, shouting slogans. The Speaker then adjourned the house for the day.
Deposing before the Justice G. Sivarajan Commission inquiring into the solar scam cases, Biju Radhakrishnan, one of the prime accused in the scam, had given statement that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was handed a Rs.5.50 crore bribe.
Biju stated to the Commission that an amount of Rs.5.10 crores was palmed off directly to Chandy, in three separate instalments. The remainder of the bribe, he claimed, was paid to the chief minister through his former personal staff members Joeppan and Jikkumon Jacob.
He also deposed that he would produce the tell-tale video clippings if the Commission issued a directive.