Monday, February 9, 2009

CPI-M firm on punishing the corrupt: Vijayan

Kozhikode: Ruling CPI-M in Kerala always adopted an uncompromising stand on corruption and anyone, including party loyalists, would not be spared if found guilty of corrupt practices, party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said today.

"The CPI-M has a history of adopting an uncompromising stand on corruption and no worker, irrespective of one's stature in the party, will be spared if found guilty," he told a press conference here on the sidelines of his 'Nava Kerala March', which entered Malappuram district Sunday.

Vijayan, who the CBI has sought to arraign in the SNC-Lavalin graft case, was replying to a query on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan's reported statement that no party worker would be spared if found involved in corrupt practices.

On the reported leakage of a letter purportedly by late party leader Balanandan on renovation of hydel projects, submitted to the CPI-M politburo, Vijayan said "media syndicates" managed by those, who deserted the party were behind such a misinformation campaign.

The CPI-M leader said he was not aware of furnishing such a letter to the party central leadership.

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