Action sought on ministers for 'violating oath of office'

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 23 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Oommen Chandy today said Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan should take action against his two Cabinet colleagues for ''violating the oath of office''.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the two ministers, who had secured the release of two of their arrested party workers charged with non-bailable sections by police, had violated of the oath of office.

The Chief Minister should not hesitate to take action against them, Mr Chandy said.

Though the police had arrested 16 pro-CPI All India Youth Federation (AIYF) activists when their march against retail giants turned violent on November 20, Revenue Minister K P Ranjendran and Water Resources Minister N K Premachandran, along with party state secretary Veliyam Bharghavan, ''entered the police station and forcefully released'' two women activists.

However, the Ministers did not take any step to release the other 14 workers, he added. On the remarks of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan that the Ministers had not taken any interest to release the workers, he asked the Home Minister to clarify on what basis the women activists had been released.

''If the government wanted to ensure law and order situation, it should take action against the Ministers and register case against the two workers,'' he added.

Twentynine people, including 15 policemen, were injured in various parts of the state.


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