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CM's post offer: Pinarayi calls Gowri Amma's bluff CM's post offer: Pinarayi calls Gowri Amma's bluff

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that the claim of K R Gowri that she was offered the chief minister's post by the CPM prior to the 2006 assembly elections was not factual. "Anybody who knows about the organizational set-up of the CPM and the functioning of the party knows how much fact there could be in a statement that the CPM offered the chief minister's post to an outsider," Vijayan told a news conference on Monday.

On Sunday, JSS supremo K R Gowri had claimed that the CPM leadership had negotiated with her through mediators with an offer for the post of CM ahead of the 2006 polls. Gowri hinted that it was a tactic by the CPM to avoid V S Achuthanandan from being chosen for the post.

Pinarayi Vijayan also criticized media reports regarding the controversy over the sale of Deshabhimani land. For the first time after the controversy broke out, Vijayan came out in strong defence of Deshabhimani general manager E P Jayarajan who had taken the decision to sell the land owned by Deshabhimani at Thampanoor to Danish Chacko who is believed to be a benami of controversial businessman V M Radhakrishnan.

Though he termed the act of the news channel which broke the story as motivated by the interests of the channel's proprietors, Vijayan said the party has not planned any legal action against the news channel.

"It is with the full knowledge of the party that the Deshabhimani management decided to sell the property of the old office at Thampanoor and purchase another piece of land to construct a new building. A newspaper advertisement was issued seeking buyers and a contract was signed with a bidder. But, he could not take the deal forward, following which the land was then sold to a man by the name of Danish Chacko," he said in reply to a query.

Vijayan challenged the media to produce evidence that the land was sold by Deshabhimani to V M Radhakrishnan. "If any of you had a plan to purchase the property at a higher rate, you could have approached us," he told reporters in reply to a query.

The CPM state secretary also announced the decision of the party to stage an intense protest against the Union government decision to hike LPG price. The CPM will launch fast in 1,400 centres in the state from January 15 in protest. Fasting will take place in 10 centres in each assembly constituency. "One leader will take part in the strike at each centre, but others may join him to express solidarity with the cause," he said.

According to Vijayan, the move to hike petroleum prices was to aid corporates like Reliance and Essar. "It is not the interest of the public, but that of the capitalists that the Union government is catering to," he said.

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