Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition Congress-led UDF’s demand to file a complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the claims of an “amendment” to the state’s liquor policy was turned down by the left-led government in Kerala on Monday, June 10. At the state Assembly’s first meeting since the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected a demand from the opposition.

Later, an agitated opposition stood in front of Speaker A. N. Shamseer’s podium, shouting slogans against the LDF government and holding placards in protest.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that a police investigation was already in progress, despite the UDF, led by Leader of the Opposition V. D. Satheesan, urging the CPI-led regime to file a corruption case in relation to the matter. He charged that the opposition was making up a point and attempting to give the impression that something was happening in the state.

“The State Excise Minister himself had lodged a complaint with the Director General of Police as soon as he came across false news related to the state’s liquor policy,” Vijayan said.

However, Satheesan questioned the CM’s assertion and inquired as to the probable result of a police investigation that was initiated in response to a complaint filed by the Excise Minister, who is one of the accused in the claimed scheme. “Thus, based on the claims, a case should be filed under the Prohibition of Corruption Act. The opposition will not back down from this position and will continue to raise the issue in loud demonstrations both within and outside the House.” Satheesan added.

Later, the opposition continued to chant anti-government slogans and demanded the resignations of the ministries of tourism and excise. They also boycotted the House sessions and walked out.

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