The Opposition parties on Wednesday alleged that the only motive for the State Government to announce its decision on solar scam on the same day of Vengara by-election was to scuttle the election process there.
They said that the Government’s move to announce the details of the Solar Commission report on the day of the by-polls was politically motivated. Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that he was not afraid of the Commission’s findings and asked the Government to make the Commission report available to the public.
The need for a by-election arose at Vengara, an assembly constituency in Malappuram, after P. K. Kunhalikkutty resigned as MLA. He had got elected to the Lok Sabha from Malappuram, succeeding the late E. Ahmed. The candidates for the by-election were K. N. A. Khader ( Indian Union Muslim League), CPI (M)’s P. P. Basheer, K. Janardhanan (BJP), K. C. Naseer of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), two independent candidates Sreenivas and Hamza Karumannil.