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Congress dares Kerala government to scrap Vizhinjam project

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The party on Tuesday accused the of attempting to create a "smokescreen" of corruption in the Vizhinjam port project and dared the ruling to scrap the deal and ink a new pact if it indeed was corrupt.

chief M.M. Hassan said that Vijayan's assertion that the project would not be scrapped but the probe will be on exposed his "double standards".

"There is a clear clause in the agreement that the state can at any point of time cancel the agreement without any loss. But what Vijayan is trying to do is while taking credit for the project is he wants to create a smokescreen of corruption in the deal for political needs. This is not acceptable," Hassan told reporters after a meeting of the high power committee here.

He said former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the "whole-heartedly welcome the probe but this double standards by Vijayan will not be accepted".

"So, he (Vijayan) can go ahead and cancel the deal," he added.

Hassan also pointed out the replies given by the Vijayan to the CAG clearly show that the agreement was a "clean one".

"The CAG report is not factual and Chandy himself has filed a complaint before the CAG citing all the discrepancies," he said.

The Chief Minister, however, brushed aside the points raised by the Congress in its meeting.

"Let the probe go ahead," Vijayan told reporters in Kozhikode.

The previous Oommen Chandy-led UDF government had inked the agreement with Adani Ports in 2015 for the Rs 7,525-crore Vizhinjam project.

Adani Ports, which was the lone bidder, sought Rs 1,635 crore as grant for it. It had committed that the first phase of the port would be operational in 1,000 days from the date of commencement of work, which began in 2015.

The cabinet announced a judicial probe into the Vizhinjam port agreement earlier this year after the CAG report, placed in the state assembly, came out with certain anomalies.

Meanwhile, the CAG has reportedly called up the officials who took part in the Vizhinjam audit and finalisation of the report.



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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 18:46 IST