THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said the moral outburst by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after demolishing the Cross in Munnar encroachments was hypocrisy. “The Cross was demolished after declaring 144 in the area. The CM feigning innocence over this is a blatant lie. The cross demolition drama was staged to protect the interests of large-scale encroachers,” he said.
“Cross is the symbol of a belief. The government is trying to protect large-scale encroachers under the cover of angst and anger generated by the demolition of the cross. It is ridiculous to watch the CM shedding crocodile tears, saying that he was not aware of what was happening. The hurry to demolish the Cross was shown by people including the CPM without clearing the encroachments,” he said.