Announces Judicial Probe
Bowing to the mounting pressure of the people exhibited in the massive mobilization during the indefinite siege of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram which entered its second day today, the UDF government finally relented. It has announced a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court. The terms of reference of this commission will be finalized in consultation with the opposition. Though this announcement by the Chief Minister brought the curtains down on the ongoing indefinite picketing before the Secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram, the LDF reiterating its demand for the resignation of Oommen Chandy said the agitation will continue. This was announced by CPI(M) State Secretary and Polit Bureau Member Pinarayi Vijayan following a meeting of the LDF.
Pinarayi while welcoming the announcement of a judicial probe said that whenever a judicial enquiry has been ordered which also had the Chief Minister in its ambit of probe, the incumbent has always resigned. He said that if Oommen Chandy refuses to do so, the LDF would continue boycotting him and he would be greeted with black flags wherever he goes.
It may be recalled that on day one of the indefinite picketing around a lakh people had poured into Thiruvananthapuram openly challenging the threats and intimidation held out by the UDF government which had mobilized the state and central paramilitary forces on an unprecedented scale to repress and suppress an agitation which was gathering more steam with each passing day.
That a determined people cannot be stopped by any means was evident from the evening of August 11 itself with hundreds arriving by each train that reached Thiruvananthapuram station. Thousands more joined on August 12. August 13 saw new batches arriving from all over the state and the mobilization surpassed that of the first day of the picketing. Ultimately, the government had to yield.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau Brinda Karat participated in today’s programme, besides opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan, LDF Convener Vaikom Viswam, CPI State Secretary P. Raveendran, Forward Bloc leader G. Devarajan and others.