Kerala SecretariatIt has become a routine for the ruling Left Democratic Front and Opposition United Democratic Front to face allegations with counter allegations. This suggests that both are involved in corrupt deals.

The latest instance is the allegations relating to the land deal for the Cyber City in Kochi. As the Opposition took up the issue, the Cabinet immediately decided on a CBI probe into the contracts for the modernisation of Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited during the UDF rule. The Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy’s immediate reaction was to seek a probe into the contract for the Titanium Sponge plant entered into by the LDF Government. He also wanted a judicial probe into the Cyber City deal.

Keralites know that judicial probes had ever led to punishment of any politician. It serves just to press for resignation of Ministers if a judicial probe is ordered against them and in fueling political debates. The fact that the politicians are able to get away with allegations and counter allegations points to failure of our institutions. This situation needed to be corrected if democracy is to survive.