'Supply white paper on Munnar eviction drive'

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Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 13: The entire Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) today staged a walkout in the Kerala Assembly, demanding a white paper on the eviction drive against encroachments in Munnar hill station in the wake of some adverse remarks passed by the High Court.

Before leading the members out of the House, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said the Governmnet had failed to give a satisfactory reply to the High Court on the reason for exempting the party offices of the CPI(M) and the CPI from eviction.

The Government was implementing two types of justice -- one for the commonman and the other for the ruling party. ''We support the eviction drive, but it should be done in a transparent manner,'' he added.

High Court had expressed displeasure at the state government meting out ''different treatment'' to the CPI and CPI(M) offices in Munnar, while undertaking the demolition drive. It observed that the State Government's replies regarding the 'Ravindran pattayams' were ''as vague as vague can be''. The land allotted to the two party offices in Munnar were covered by these 'pattayams'.

However, while the petitioners' hotel was demolished, the party offices in Munnar were given a different treatment, the court observed.

Earlier, opposing the admissibility of the adjournment motion, Revenue Minister K P Rajendran said eviction notices had been issued to 40 resorts in the area. The Government also took into possession 12,600 acres of land illegally held by several people.

The Government was committed to evict all encroachers from government land, he said.

Mr Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan of the Congress, while seeking leave of the House for moving the adjournment motion, said the government was trying to save the party office-cum-resorts belonging to the CPI(M) and the CPI in Munnar.


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