KOCHI: UDF Convener P P Thankachan said the UDF had informed Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar through a letter about constituting a UDF-sub committee to study about the issues relating to the estates in Nelliyampathy that were functioning even after the tenure of title deeds were over. Talking to reporters here, he said though the Minister had not attended the meeting held on March 28, the decisions of the meeting had already been announced that day itself and a communication sent to the Minister through his (Thankachan's) staff. Thankachan said he was not aware in what context Ganesh had made the statement that he did not know about the decision of the meeting. "May be because of his poor memory he did make such a statement," he added.
The UDF would convene its meeting on July 17 to discuss the present issues between Chief Whip P C George and Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar. However, the convenor opined both should have avoided such open criticisms and added if there were any issues between them, all would be sorted out. Alleging it was during the tenure of the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front Government that the cases related to Nelliyampathi and Mupplivally cases came up, he claimed that no cases failed or not even an inch of land lost during the UDF Government.