Achuthanandan

  • Always taken anti-liquor stand, says Kerala excise minister Yesterday

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led United Democratic Front has always taken an anti-liquor stand to bring in prohibition in a phased manner, Kerala Excise Minister K Babu said on Saturday. Babu said that the first file he inked after assuming charge as excise minister in 2011 was to cancel the permission given by...
  • Kerala: Achuthanandan writes to PM Modi, seeks probe against Chief Secretary July 27, 2014

    Thiruvanahapuram: CPI(M) stalwart and Kerala Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an inquiry into the assets of Chief Secretary EK Bharat Bhushan. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Achuthanandan had sought a probe by Central Vigilance Commissioner into the alleged "real estate" links of...
  • Meeting on July 11 to discuss nurses rehabilitation issue July 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday informed the assembly that a meeting would be held on July 11 to discuss issues related to rehabilitation of 46 Keralite nurses, who returned after being stranded in violence hit region in Iraq. The nurses and the institutions that had offered jobs to...
  • Fever outbreak in Kerala under control: Kerala Chief Minister June 25, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Under attack from opposition parties in the assembly over outbreak of a fever in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said unlike previous years, the disease is under control this time. "Today (Wednesday) is the 13th day that the assembly is in session and today you say...
  • Kerala passes fourth resolution for new Mullaperiyar dam June 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala assembly on Monday, for a record fourth time, passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the Centre act as a mediator for building a new dam at Mullaperiyar. At an all-party meeting last week, it was decided to invoke Rule 130 to initiate a discussion on the Mullaperiyar...
  • Achuthanandan attacks CPI-M's Kerala leadership for poll disbalance June 8, 2014

    New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan went hammer and tongs against the party's Kerala leadership at a top-level meeting in Delhi on Sunday. Not one to take things lying down and known to strike at the appropriate time, he has even demanded a change in the state leadership in the...
  • Both Congress and BJP are the same: Communist leader VS Achuthanandan May 24, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala opposition leader and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan said that both the Congress and the BJP work only for the corporate interests in the country. Speaking to CNN-IBN on the debacle of the Communists in the Lok Sabha election he said, "the Congress was working for the corporates...
  • UDF government not for any confrontation with BJP at Centre May 21, 2014

    Underlining that governance is different from politics, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said his administration would have no confrontation with the BJP-led central government. He was responding to questions on what would be the state government's attitude towards the Narendra Modi-led government at the centre. "See, there will be difference...
  • Mullaperiyar dam: All-party meet in Kerala moots legal steps May 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: An all-party meet held on Monday to discuss the situation arising over the Supreme Court verdict rejecting Kerala's contentions in Mullaperiyar case endorsed the UDF government's move to explore legal options for redressal of the state's concern about the safety of 119-year-old dam. The meeting, attended by Chief Minister Oommen...
  • LS polls: Can UDF repeat its 2009 show in Kerala, can BJP win a seat? April 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The state of Kerala is all set to go for polls in all 20 constituencies on April 10. With high voltage election campaigns coming to an end on April 8, both the LDF (Left Democratic Front) and UDF (United Democratic Front) are hoping to improve their performance. Political experts in...
  • Former Kerala CM Achuthanandan rejects AAP's invitation to join party February 20, 2014

    CPI(M) stalwart VS Achuthanandan today rejected AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's invitation to him to join his party, saying it only betrayed the latter's ignorance of the long political struggles he had waged based on Marxism-Leninism. The nonagenarian leader was reacting to Kejriwal's statement during a television interview on Wednesday that he...
  • Kerala: Voters see not much difference between Congress, communists February 4, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is one state where the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is hoping to have some advantage in the 2014 elections, but the political climate in the state is not completely in support of either the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) or the Congress-led United Democratic Front...
  • Kerala: 3 CPM leaders, 9 others convicted for killing Chandrashekharan January 22, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The special court hearing the murder case of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader TP Chandrashekaran has convicted 12 people for the killing. Additional and sessions court judge R Narayana Pisharady found the seven member killer gang and three local leaders of the CPI (M) guilty of murdering Chandrashekharan. However, CPI...
  • Verdict in Chandrashekharan murder case expected today January 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The verdict in the sensational TP Chandrashekaran murder case will be pronounced by a special court at Kozhikode in Kerala on Wednesday. The murder of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader created a political turmoil in the state as the party alleged that CPI(M) orchestrated the murder. The...
  • Probe party's land, building sale: Achuthanandan January 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan who has often taken on his state unit has done it again and written to the party general secretary to probe the sale of land and building of its organ in Thiruvananthapuram to a controversial businessman. About 32 cents of land and the building in...
  • CPM asks AAP to clarify stand on economic, communal fronts January 2, 2014

    Terming the success of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) against Congress and BJP "a positive development", CPI(M) on Thursday said its future trajectory would depend on how it shapes its policies on economic and communal fronts. With AAP planning to become a national party and fight elections in other states, the major...
  • AK Antony resents decline in debate in Legislatures December 30, 2013

    Criticising the trend of passing legislations without a thorough debate, Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday said it was the responsibility of both ruling and opposition parties to ensure that greater time was devoted for discussions in the House. "When laws are passed without a proper debate and taking sufficient time,...
  • Prashant Bhushan meets communist veteran Achuthanandan December 30, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said that his party had high regards for Kerala opposition leader VS Achuthanandan and that he was one of the best and honest politicians of the country who has took up several fight against corruption. Bhushan, along with his wife Deepa Bhushan met Achuthanandan at...
  • AAP to lead the country to fundamental change, claims Bhushan December 28, 2013

    Terming the formation of Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi as "historic", AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the party's mission is to bring about a complete transformation in the country to ensure democratic and legal rights to the common man. "Today is a historic day. We have embarked on...
  • Kerala speaker sad over year of least sittings December 27, 2013

    Kerala assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan said on Friday that he was deeply saddened that in the year 2013, the house saw only 37 sittings. And even in those few sittings, there were uproarious scenes on many days. "Not much deliberation has taken place. This is not good for parliamentary democracy. I...
  • Chandy injured in stone-pelting, CPI-M rules out involvement October 28, 2013

    Kannur/Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy suffered injuries to his forehead and chest after suspected CPI-M activists stoned his car on Sunday evening. He is being airlifted to the state capital, said an official. Speaking to IANS, the official said a special aircraft has been sent to get the Chief Minister. "All his...
  • Opposition uninterested in truth behind solar scam, says Oommen Chandy October 23, 2013

    The Left opposition is uninterested in the truth behind the solar panel scam, and just wants to carry on its campaign until the general elections of 2014, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Wednesday. "Is this not a golden opportunity for the Left opposition to come out with all the evidence...
  • Kerala: Former CM Achuthanandan turns 90 today October 20, 2013

    Kerala's iconic Marxist and former Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan turned 90 on Sunday. A leader whose life has been a relentless struggle not only against injustices and indignities of a class and caste riven society, but also "revisionist" trends in his own movement, his 90th birthday was devoid of any...
  • No public money should be used for Sonia Gandhi's visit: Achuthanandan September 28, 2013

    Opposition leader in the Kerala assembly VS Achuthanandan on Saturday wrote to state Chief Secretary EK  Bharat Bhushan asking him to keep an eye on expenses incurred on the two-day visit of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. "She is inaugurating two projects of the Congress government in Thiruvananthapuram, and she holds no...
  • Kerala in festive mood for Onam September 16, 2013

    Irrespective of caste or creed, thousands of people in Kerala on Monday celebrated Onam with the traditional "Onam sadhya", a rich and delicious platter of 26 food items. Thiru Onam, the most important day in the Onam week, was celebrated on Monday. However, the practise of making the traditional Onam Sadhya in...
  • Kerala celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr today August 8, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Muslims in Kerala will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Thursday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan spent in day-long fast, prayers and charity. Panakkad Sayyid Hyderali Shihab Thangal, spiritual leader of Muslims in Malabar region in north Kerala, declared in Malappuram that the new moon marking the beginning of...
  • KPCC defends Oommen Chandy, says CM won't quit July 9, 2013

    Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Ramesh Chennithala said on Tuesday, "There is a lot of evidence to believe that the (solar panel) crisis has been precipitated by the group war inside the Congress." ...
  • Kerala CM Chandy must quit, demands Achuthanandan June 17, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, facing heat over the links of his office staff with a woman arrested in a cheating case, got a further jolt with leader of opposition VS Achuthanandan on Sunday demanding that he step down and order a judicial probe. "His government has turned into a...
  • Three close aides of Achuthanandan thrown out of CPI-M May 13, 2013

    New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: The long-delayed sacking from the CPI-M of three staff members of Kerala's Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan was effected on Sunday at the two-day politburo and central committee meeting of the party in New Delhi. Those booted out were Achuthanandan's press secretary K Balakrishnan, additional private secretary VK Sasidharan...
  • Commission Kudankulam plant after probe: Achuthanandan April 22, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Contending serious defects are now surfacing at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan on Sunday demanded theta it should be commissioned only after a probe to find out lapses in safety measures. In a statement issued here, the former Kerala chief minister and veteran Communist party...