UDF will not accept backdoor appointments in State: Chandy

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Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has said that the United Democratic Front (UDF) will not accept backdoor appointments in State-owned undertakings carried out by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government at the fag end of its term.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Chandy said the “corrupt appointment” was a challenge to the 49 lakh unemployed persons registered with the employment exchange. Appointments to 1,919 posts in nine new public sector undertakings continued till Tuesday. “The UDF will not accept this move,” he said.

He alleged that the government had unleashed an advertisement blitzkrieg worth over Rs.50 crore, misusing power to promote several of its projects. The election results would prove that these advertisements would not fetch votes because the government had done nothing worthwhile during the five years it was in power, he said.

He accused the LDF of pursuing a policy of political vendetta against party MLA and the former Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adoor Prakash. After accusing him of corruption in the sanctioning of a wholesale ration dealership, the Food and Civil Supplies Minister had virtually upheld Mr. Prakash’s decision to reject the ration dealer’s application as he did not have the necessary qualification.

Tracing the background of the case, Mr. Chandy said that in 2006, a case was filed against Mr. Prakash in the Lok Ayuktha, which posted the case for hearing several times. But the petitioners could not produce the necessary evidence. The Lok Ayuktha case was a major campaign point against Mr. Prakash in the 2006 elections. After the LDF came to power, another case was filed in the Vigilance Court and the one before the Lok Ayukhta was withdrawn.

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