Saturday, September 3, 2016

Pinarayi makes light of ‘lighting lamp’ controversy

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said any discussion on lighting lamp controversy is insignificant. There is no need to discuss issue regarding ligting of lamps in public functions. “The government stand is that symbols of religions should not be used at public functions. Lamp is not a symbol of any religion.  And hence lighting lamps at government functions need not be considered as a representation of religion,” he said,

In reply to a question, Pinarayi said he would respond on the topic of women’s entry in Sabarimala after the Supreme Court’s stand in the topic is known. When asked whether V S Achuthanandan would be included in the CPM State Secretariat, he said he would answer that question later.  

Pinarayi said there was no problem between the CPM and CPI. “Both CPM and CPI are two strong parties with many members.  Of course, there may be differences of opinions among leaders but all such issues are solved through discussions. Both parties are going forward unitedly. Ministers have been given complete freedom in carrying out their duties,” he said.   

“I have much earlier said that media men should be allowed entry in courts. The law and order situation in the State is normal. The allegation that political murders increased after the LDF government came into power is wrong. People who are talking about 67 wounds caused by hacking should also think about more number of such wounds,” Pinarayi added.

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