Kozhikode: Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan has wondered whether solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair can stake claim to ‘modesty’.
“Only those having modesty are qualified to talk about modesty and dignity of women,” he told reporters here when they sought his reaction to Saritha’s threat to file a complaint against him for his comments “outraging her modesty.”
He said he was only trying to expose the nexus between ministers and those accused in the solar scam and the role of the chief minister in hushing up the matter.
“My purpose was not to defame Saritha or anybody else. I was only trying to expose the dubious role of the chief minister in the wake of the revelation by Biju Radhakrishnan’s advocate that he had video tapes of the sexual liaisons of Saritha with ministers,” he said.
He also said that Saritha seemed to have switched sides either due to the persuasion of the chief minister or the money power of the ministers involved in the case. He was not afraid about litigations and will deal with the Saritha’s case in the courts, he said.
He declined to comment on Chandy complimenting CPM secretary Pinarayi Vijayan for his response to the latest allegations about the existence of the video tapes involving ministers and Saritha.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Leader VS Achuthanandan’s comments against solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair have drawn sharp reactions from a wide spectrum of leaders.
Chief minister Oommen Chandy criticised Achuthanandan’s remarks that Saritha has no claim to modesty and said it was a comment against the womanhood of Saritha.
But he lauded CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that he will react after the alleged tapes of Saritha’s liaisons with VIPs were shown. While BJP national executive member Sobha Surendran supported VS, Congress leader Shanimol Usman and CPM leader Prof. Suja Suan George criticised him.
Surendran said though Saritha had ample opportunities to reveal the culprits, she never bothered to do so. AICC’s former secretary Shanimol Usman said that a politician of Achuthanandan’s stature should not have made such defamatory comments against Saritha. —DC