He expressed hope that the 2011 Assembly elections would create history by retaining the LDF government in the state unlike in the past when Kerala chose governance of LDF and UDF alternately since 1977. The people were aware of the corrupt deals during the UDF government’s reign which were coming out, he said. On the memorandum submitted to him by Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy yesterday, listing charges against him and his son V A Arun Kumar, Achuthanandan said he would give a reply to the letter. There was no scope for probe as the Opposition had not given any proof as basis for the complaints, he said. “Arun Kumar is an Indian citizen. He is moving Court against the charges made against him. Those who levelled the charges can move in the same way,” he said.
Achuthanandan said in his second letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking CBI probe into the operations of other state lotteries in Kerala, he had also asked the latter to probe the charge against his son that he tried to “sabotage” such an inquiry to help the lottery operators. Asked whether the SNC-Lavalin graft case involving CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan would be an election campaign issue, he said, “The case was now in Court.” The case relates to alleged corruption in awarding of contracts to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin for renovation of three hydel projects in 1998 when Vijayan was Electricity Minister.PTI MVG RC RA