Thiruvananthapuram : Rejecting Congress demand, both Politburo leaders of the party and the State CPIM honchos extended their support unequivocally to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sprinklr data row. Meanwhile, CPIM State Secretariat will discuss the issue on Tuesday.
CPIM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury rejected the opposition demand for an enquiry into the Sprinklr data controversy. On Sunday politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai came to the defence of Vijayan saying: "During extraordinary times, extraordinary decisions will have to be taken. Right now we are facing and fighting a pandemic. The need of the hour is to wait as we have to fight Covid-19. Kerala has now become the cynosure of the world on how it tackled it. So let's wait, we will discuss all issues at an appropriate time".
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor and senior CPI-M leader A. Vijayaraghavan slammed the Congress-led opposition for spreading rumours. "The Opposition is playing cheap politics at a time when the state and people are passing through very tough times and the government is doing everything to ease their tension. This is not acceptable," said Vijayaraghavan.
The "data scam" was erupted after Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the Kerala Government gave outright power to a US-based PR and marketing firm Sprinklr to access and store the data of Covid-19 suspects of Kerala. Later, moving the allegation little further, Congress legislator P.T. Thomas later dragged Vijayan's daughter, Veena Vijayan, who owns an IT firm operating in Bengaluru into the scam. Veena Vijayan’s PR, consulting firm, Exalogic Solutions website was suspiciously removed from the World Wide Web in the middle of the controversy also pointing some nexus between the Chief Minister’s daughter and the Sprinklr data row, Thomas alleged.
Strengthening the attack against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over Sprinklr data agreement, Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oomen Chandy demanded that the national leadership of the CPI-M to ask Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to quit. He also urged the CPIM to ask for a CBI probe into the data transfer of COVID-19 suspects to a US-based PR and marketing firm Sprinklr. State Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran also came heavily asking Vijayan to quit. He advised the CPI-M politburo to come clean.