Thursday, February 25, 2016

HC step not a setback for govt: Oommen Chandy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the high court’s decision to consider the additional plea in the Lavalin case after two months is not a setback for the government. “When a case is considered, the judges concerned will make several kinds of remarks. All those are not the final word,” the chief minister said after today’s cabinet meeting.  

Chandy said the government was sticking to its old stand. “The UDF doesn’t have the custom of calling ‘Sindabadh’ to a favourable verdict and despising an unfavourable one. We are not here to answer each and every remark of the court,” he said.

When asked about Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala’s differences with others in the government over filing of additional petition, Chandy said he was not aware about it.  

Regarding reports on imminent split in the Kerala Congress, the chief minister said those reports were baseless. To a question, he said Kerala Congress would continue in the UDF. He also added that “in the two Rajya Sabha seats that will lie vacant, Congress and JD(U) will contest each seat and an understanding has been reached in this regard”.                                                                                                                                    

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