Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan broke his silence on Wednesday regarding the controversies surrounding his daughter's IT firm, Exalogic, stating in the Kerala Assembly that his hands are clean. Addressing the allegations, Vijayan emphasized that his daughter had started a small IT firm using the retirement funds received by his wife. He remained undeterred by the accusations and confidently asserted, "I am not going to be fazed by all this as my hands are clean."
Unlike the previous year when he reacted strongly to opposition claims, Vijayan appeared cheerful while refuting the recent allegations about Exalogic. The response came two days after the Congress alleged a "secret pact" between the Left party and the Sangh Parivar, following the appointment of lawyer C.S. Vaidyanathan, known for his involvement in the Ram Janmabhoomi case, to handle the alleged graft case of Vijayan's daughter.
The Opposition in Kerala has been targeting the Vijayan government for several months, particularly after a media report, quoting an Income Tax Department official, suggested that Veena Vijayan's IT firm had received Rs 1.72 crore from the mining company CMRL, in which the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has a stake.
While asserting the cleanliness of his hands, Vijayan made no reference to the ongoing probe into his daughter's firm by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The statement aims to dispel concerns and maintain the Chief Minister's stance on the matter.
(With Agency Inputs)