Thiruvananthapuram: The AICC leadership has backed solar scam accused Congress leaders. Chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in New Delhi that the solar report is fabricated. He added that the Congress leaders who came under the wrath of the report will face trial. “The report is aimed at tarnishing the image of the Congress. These leaders will be exonerated soon,” he said. Incidentally, CWC leader A.K. Antony’s silence on the report has been conspicuous.
Venugopal slams report; Mani tight-lipped
Not many Congress leaders embroiled in the solar scam came out in the open except a few like K. C. Venugopal MP, the AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, which is going to polls after seven months. Kerala Congress (Mani) chairman K. M. Mani remained tight-lipped despite his son Jose K. Mani MP also standing accused. Mr Venugopal said the judicial commission made no personal allegations against him. In a statement here, he said there were baseless allegations levelled against him to tarnish his image during the past four years. But no evidence could be produced against him. "There was a conspiracy by the CPM leaders which has also been revealed by the main accused. It peaked during the last Lok Sabha elections," he said. It may be recalled that Venugopal had filed a defamation case against Saritha S. Nair in 2016. At the same time, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy too had filed a defamation case against her. But other Congress leaders who have been included in the solar scam had not bothered to file cases against the accused. BJP will be observing Friday as "betrayal day". Its state president Kummanam Rajasekharan demanded the KPCC to dissolve itself as it had become a den of sex offenders and the corrupt. He alleged that Cliff House and ministers' residences had been made into brothels and asked Congress leaders to discard khadi clothing.