Political scuffle is rising in Kerala. Recently, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday scourged out at BJP state chief K Surendran, for supporting "baseless allegations" against the former's family in the LIFE Mission (Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment) project. He was speaking about the 'kickbacks' matter. Vijayan said that Surendran has been raising allegations without any basis and without any sense of decency. The CM asked, “Shouldn't there be a sense of basic decency? Shouldn't he say what his statements are based on? Should one just issue statements on a whim?"
At a press meet on Monday, Surendran claimed that the investigation agencies should investigate and question Vijayan's daughter and said that his family members were allegedly involved in securing kickbacks in the Life Mission project. The CM over this asked, "Pinarayi Vijayan is not like Surendran. I'm used to opposing corruption. That habit has helped me keep my head high whenever there are allegations against me. When someone sees that I rule without corruption, such allegations will arise. Can my daughter or son or family be labeled corrupt because of pure allegations?"
The Life Mission project was visualized by the state government for the construction of free houses for the homeless poor in the state and at least 2.26 lakh houses had been constructed and been provided to homeless people in the state under the project so far. Surendran has posed allegation that the fire incident at the state secretariat was designed to remove the mark against the chief minister's office in the gold smuggling case.