The Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) will go ahead with its agitation demanding the resignation of Kerala Excise Minister, even as it welcomed the announcement of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to cancel the permits given recently for three breweries and an alcohol bottling plant.
In an immediate reaction to the announcement, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala told media persons that the Government, aware of the corruption in the granting of permits and fearing trouble in the wake of the UDF announcement of an agitation, decided to withdraw the permits.
This did not absolve the Government of the charges raised by the Opposition where a CPM leader's (Kolliyakode Krishnan Nair) son was involved and a company provided fictitious address was given permission and also party veteran VS Achuthanandan had come out against the sanction of a brewery in water-scarce Palakkad district, he said.
Chennithala also wanted the Government to bring out details of how the permits were granted and action be taken against Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan. He also dared the same to make public the report on starting micro-breweries in the State which was stalled by the UDF.
Chennithala said the decision to hold protests against the government in connection with the brewery row would continue, though it would be for seeking the resignation of Ramakrishnan. The UDF would organise a dharna in all Assembly constituencies on October 11 demanding a probe into the corruption and the resignation of the Excise Minister. A mass dharna will be conducted in front of all district collectorates and the Secretariat on October 23.