Kodiyeri son’s wedding party issue hots up

via Pioneer News Service | Thiruvananthapuram published on April 16, 2008

The allegation raised by Yuvamorcha State president K Surendran that controversial businessman Xavie Mano Mathew had booked the hall for conducting the marriage reception of the eldest son of State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has risen into a major controversy.

Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, while responding to reporters queries on Surendran’s allegation, said that over expenses and posh life style would not be allowed in the CPI(M).

However, CPI(M) State committee member and former MLA MV Jayarajan, while speaking to mediapersons, said Surendran’s allegations were baseless and that these allegations had to be dismissed without any merit.

Sources in the Sree Moolam club told The Pioneer that there was a booking in the name of Xavie Mano Mathew for April 12. CPI(M) sources close to the Home Minister denied the allegations and said that the hall was booked by the Minister’s younger son Bineesh Kodiyeri and that there was a receipt for Rs 30,000 from the club as the proof.

Surendran told Presspersons that the new receipt was on a donation received from Bineesh Kodiyeri for Rs 30,000 and that the date of receipt was April 15. The BJP leader also said that this receipt was brought out before the media after he had leveled the allegation and the receipt has clearly mentioned that this was a donation.

Surendran also called upon the Home Minister to bring out a list of persons who had attended the reception on April 12. The Yuvamorcha leader also said CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat had earlier stated that the CPI(M) leaders should not have any relationship with shady businessmen and said that by accepting the booking of Xavie Mano Mathew for the reception of his son’s wedding function ,Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has violated this dictum of the CPI-M general secretary .

The Yuvamorcha leader also said that this is a serious offence committed by Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and wondered why the main opposition party the Congress has not come out with this issue.

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