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Kerala CM Achutanandan backs out when issues need to be resolved: Antony

Guwahati, Mon, 11 Apr 2011 ANI

Guwahati, Apr 11 (ANI): Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday criticized Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achutanandan saying that he backs out when issues need to be resolved.


Citing the Adarsh Housing Society scam, Antony said that unlike Achutanandan who would take a low profile at the crucial moment and even back track after creating a furore, the Defence Ministry had instituted a Court of Inquiry.


Achutanandan had earlier criticized Antony for not taking appropriate measures to deal with the corrupt officials involved in the scam.


"I have taken a stand in my ministry which is known to every one. If there is corruption in any section, we would order a non-partisan inquiry on it unlike the CM (Achutanandan), who gives speeches and backs out when some real issues arise. A fine example for that is the Adarsh flats (Housing Society) scam," Antony said.


The 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society, which was originally meant for the veterans and their dependents of the 1999 Kargil war, landed in a soup after media reports said that several politicians, bureaucrats and a couple of top brass of defence forces owned flats there.


Antony, who is in Kerala to campaign for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), further said that development would be their core agenda during the upcoming assembly elections.


"As per UDF (United Democratic Front), in this election our main agenda is development of the region. Development is the main focus of our politics. Again I am repeating, our main agenda for the next five-years is to make Kerala the number one state in India in the field of development," Antony said.


The elections to the 140-member Kerala Legislative Assembly will take place on April 13. (ANI)


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