During the cabinet briefing here today, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said a formal request in this regard would be forwarded to Chief Electoral Officer of the state soon. "The election procedures in the state have been completed and the results will be out only after a month. So, there is nothing wrong in requesting a relaxation in the Model Code of Conduct," Chandy said.
"It is necessary for the smooth conducting of the administrative affairs of the state. Otherwise, people will suffer," he said. Chandy said the government had decided to clean 'Padmatheertham', the pond of the famed Padmanabha Swamy Temple here, and the nearby 'Mitranandapuram pond', in which the priests of the temple take bath.
"The government has approved the proposal to clean the 'Padmatheertham' in principle. A rough estimate of Rs 65 lakh is expected for the project," he said. While the government would directly execute the cleaning drive of 'Padmatheertham', the cleaning of Mitranandapuram pond would be carried out through the Water Authority, Chandy said.