Ahead of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state conference in Thrissur from February 22 to 25, he has ensured that his is the final word in all the 14 districts. I don't pay from my pocket or my family's account. He also disputed the argument of Vijayan that the CM and opposition leader travelled to attend the funeral of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa in a special aircraft. It is the job of the officials to look into such issues.
There is an attempt to portray the incident as a theft by the CM, he said.
"The government fund was utilised for a private objective", he said alleging the Chief Minister "has committed corruption to the tune of Rs eight Lakhs (cost incurred for the journey)".
The government "virtually wriggled out" of the matter by cancelling the order, he added.
"Some are trying to portray that the chief minister committed a theft on the chopper ride issue". "It was only on Tuesday evening that I came to know the bill was paid using the disaster relief fund".
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CPI (M) minister Kadakampally Surendran said the government has taken corrective step the moment the issue came to its notice.
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A Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana and Abdul Nazeer issued notice on the CBI appeal against the discharge of Mr Vijayan, K. Mohanachandran, former principal secretary, Department of Power; and A. Francis, then joint secretary in the same department said reports. He sought an explanation from the revenue secretary P H Kurien, who had issued the order. A meeting of the secretariat concluded that Vijayan didn't commit any mistake and there was nothing illegal or technically wrong in paying the helicopter rent from the state disaster relief fund. Sources said Vijayan explained about the controversy in the beginning of the meeting and told the secretariat that he had to rush to the capital from Thrissur where the CPM district conference was happening as the visit of the central delegation on Ockhi disaster had been planned in the last moment. "I don't want to comment on other things".
In the meantime, it is now alleged by opposition parties that chief-minister Vijayan had misused the allocation for rehabilitation work by ordering Trivandrum District Collector to pay Rs.4 lakhs from the "Ockhi" funds towards rent for his helicopter ride on 26th December to Trichur to attend party meeting.