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Ramesh Chennithala said : “The statement from the chief minister has made it clear that he has lost all trust in the finance minister,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The statement from the chief minister has made it clear that he has lost all trust in the finance minister,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "The speaker will act only as per the directions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "The speaker will act only as per the directions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan," External link

news18 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The finance minister is revolting against agencies which unearth corruption and other irregularities in his department. There's serious corruption in the KSFE. The chief minister should state whether the agency dropped the raids midway following the finance minister's criticism," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, November 29, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Biju Ramesh ) : “Vigilance had twice found that there was no evidence to prove the allegations levelled against me. However, Biju has come out with baseless statements against me and my wife and I have decided to take legal recourse,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The new section is aimed at silencing the media. The CPM and its government want to silence those who criticise them. The government wants to gag the press, which is exposing corruption and nepotism in governance. The CPM is sending the message that anyone who dares to speak against the government will be sent to jail” External link

expressindia Monday, November 23, 2020 5:01:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Ordinance is aimed at silencing those who will speak against the government in the coming elections. It is an irony that CPM was the first Political party to welcome the 2015 verdict by the Supreme Court which scrapped 66 A of the IT act 2000 and 118 D of the Kerala police act," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Ordinance is aimed at silencing those who will speak against the government in the coming elections. It is an irony that CPM was the first Political party to welcome the 2015 verdict by the Supreme Court which scrapped 66 A of the IT act 2000 and 118 D of the Kerala police act," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "LDF government has troubled local bodies during Covid-19 outbreak and natural calamities. Though local bodies were placed at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19, they were not given enough funds. Local bodies were asked to spend from their own fund or plan funds. This led to a subsequent stagnation in development projects in all local bodies. If UDF comes to power, such situations won’t arise. We will make functioning of local bodies transparent," External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is nothing but a witch hunt. The central agencies have reached the CM’s office so the government will have to save its face somehow. We are not worried and we will take legal recourse to challenge the retrograde step,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The arrest of Ebrahimkunju is nothing but a bid to distract attention from the slew of corruption cases the LDF is currently facing. If not for the pressure from Pinarayi Vijayan, the former PWD minister would not have been arrested," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Thomas Isaac ) : "Isaac has been coming up with more false statements when he was caught red-handed after the CAG's press statement. Isaac should resign immediately as he has no right to continue in office after lying repeatedly," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Isaac has created history as this is the first time ever in the country where a finance minister has revealed the CAG's final report prior to it being tabled in the Legislative Assembly. The CAG's press release exposed Isaac. When Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was quizzed about the CAG's report, he behaved as if he lost his mental balance. Until Monday, Isaac was claiming that it was a draft report. Now, why did he confirm that it was the final report? I am surprised that the state's finance minister is not even aware whether a CAG report is a draft or final report," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "Pinarayi is ranting against the central agencies. He has never disowned his former principal secretary M Sivasankar and Swapna Suresh, the key accused in the gold smuggling case. There is no transparency on masala bonds. Isaac is very smart when it comes to quoting figures worth several crores. It should be recalled that even without KIIFB, the previous UDF government had implemented developmental projects in the state," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s decision to step down as CPM state secretary alone will not suffice. We want nothing short of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's resignation as he is the one who is embroiled in all the controversies. Isaac convened the presser to divert attention from the real issues. But we have already decided to challenge the government for training guns on the CAG," External link

newindianexpress Monday, November 16, 2020 6:58:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Issac has violated the basic tenants of law as how can a Minister reveal the contents of a CAG report, as it becomes a public document only when it's placed before the assembly. " External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “They fear auditing only because corruption has been found. This is akin to defaming and threatening a constitutional institution,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 15, 2020 4:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “There is a difference of opinion within the party and this led to Balakrishnan’s ‘leave’. He was saying that the party and his son are two unrelated entities. However, all these claims have become futile and he was forced to admit that he too had a responsibility in the matter,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “There is a difference of opinion within the party and this led to Balakrishnan’s ‘leave’. He was saying that the party and his son are two unrelated entities. However, all these claims have become futile and he was forced to admit that he too had a responsibility in the matter,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “never before in the history of the CPI-M have they been in such a position where the chief minister’s office was embroiled in various graft cases, including gold smuggling and other scams” External link

gulf-times Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We have long been demanding that both Balakrishnan and Vijayan resign. Balakrishnan’s leave claims are a bluff as he has never sought leave before on occasions that he went to the US for treatment. It’s now Vijayan’s turn and it is better he quits immediately or else he will have to bow out in shame,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “The statement ED submitted in court is a summary of the underworld dealings happening in the chief minister’s office. As per that, CMO is the epicentre of all corruption in the state. The ED has also confirmed that CMO became a centre of smugglers and fraudsters,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : “It has already become clear that there was influence from the CMO to release the smuggled gold that had reached the airport. Sivasankar was aware of the corrupt deals behind Life Mission. All secrets behind major projects were leaked by Sivasankar to Swapna Suresh. Projects like Life Mission and K-FON were partnership deals between Sivasankar and Swapna,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “The speaker has unnecessarily dragged the ethics committee of the assembly into this. He is trying to protect the interests of state government. I register my strong protest against this,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "He might have received indications that the probe by the central agencies will reach his office. The Chief Minister himself had given good certificates to the agencies. But now the true colours of the chief minister and his party have now come out as they have been cornered by the probe agencies," External link

news18 Monday, November 2, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : “citadel, closed to all but gold smugglers and commission agents” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “tool in the hands of Mr. Vijayan” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The game plan of Vijayan is to place the crime on Sivasankar who is now arrested and named fifth accused, but the news is that more officials attached to Vijayan's office will also be in the dock. Today Vijayan is trying to blame Sivasankar for all his woes, but the truth is both Vijayan and his party are in a shambles," "Starting with the Sprinklr controversy, Sivasankar's hands are there in every corrupt deal which includes the Bev Q App, Pamba sand mining, E-mobility and Life Mission and all these has had the blessings of Vijayan" External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The CPI-M party organ had come out with a news item that I was given 5 i-phones by Swapna Suresh (prime accused in the gold smuggling case). I gave a written complaint to the state police chief but no action has been taken. Now the news is that one of the phone was given to Sivasankar and the most expensive phone was given to another high profile person. Everything around Vijayan's office smells bad and he has no moral or ethical right to remain in power," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The party is in shambles after the four-and-a-half- year-long rule of Pinarayi Vijayan. It is the chief minister who is the prime accused in the gold smuggling case and all other related matters. Both the party and the government are under the scanner," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Necessarily withdrawal of prosecution of such offences is against public interest and public peace and consent for withdrawing prosecution of such offences cannot be granted mere asking" External link

news18 Friday, October 30, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Our request is Balakrishnan should not resign as state secretary. Only if he remains in that post, will it be good for us,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Look what’s happening, Vijayan’s office is in the midst of gold smuggling, while Balakrishnan’s home is a den of narcotics,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The CPI-M in Kerala is now in custody. First the secretary to Vijayan Sivasankar was arrested by ED, now CPI-M party secretary’s son has been arrested by ED in a narcotics case. Our request is Balakrishnan should not resign as state secretary. Only if he remains in that post, will it be good for us,” External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Look what’s happening, Vijayan’s office is in the midst of gold smuggling, while Balakrishnan’s home is a den of narcotics,” External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It seems all crimes lead to the CPI(M) or the CMO,” External link

Hindu Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The epicentre of all corrupt practices is Vijayan and his office and hence if he has any scruples left, he should quit. The ED taking custody of his closest aide is more than enough to clear the doubts, of what all was happening under Vijayan. No Chief Minister of our state has come to such a tight spot," External link

news18 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is worse than the Hathras case in Uttar Pradesh. People who shed tears are ignoring two murders that happened in their own backyard. It is sad the mother is forced to begin another round of stir,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “There is no difference between Hathras and Walayar. Both are examples of state-sponsored extremism. Kerala must stand together against such extremism. This family must get justice. Their protest deserves importance. It was unfortunate that the minister for SC/ST welfare recently visited the area, but did not meet the family. And he’s asking why are they protesting?” External link

expressindia Monday, October 26, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The State government’s decision to entrust cooperative societies with paddy procurement in place of mills has already destroyed large quantities of paddy. Harvested paddy is lying in fields. The thulavarsham (northeast monsoon) is set to begin in the next couple of days. This will result in total crop loss,” External link

thehindu Monday, October 26, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The State government’s decision to entrust cooperative societies with paddy procurement in place of mills has already destroyed large quantities of paddy. Harvested paddy is lying in fields. The thulavarsham (northeast monsoon) is set to begin in the next couple of days. This will result in total crop loss,” External link

Hindu Monday, October 26, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Rahul Gandhi ) : "The report that I made a comment that Rahul Gandhi neednotexpress his opinion in regional matters, is baseless. Gandhi is a national leader.His opinions are not regionalised.His perspective is from a national level. What I meant was his opinion should be seen like that," External link

news18 Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The assessment of the union minister is the true reflection of the situation in the state and the opposition has also been raising the same issue. The state government had completely failed in fighting Covid-19. Other than the daily press conferences of the CM in the evening, there was no systematic action to fight the pandemic," External link

timesofindia Monday, October 19, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The assessment of the union minister is the true reflection of the situation in the state and theOpposition has also been raising the same issue. The state government had completely failed in fighting COVID-19. Other than the daily press conferences of the CM in the evening, there was no systematic action to fight the pandemic," External link

business-standard Monday, October 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Kerala has failed in Covid-control measures. To artificially show that the state is effectively managing the situation, all cases are not detected and the number of tests is not increased,” External link

expressindia Monday, October 19, 2020 6:41:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Kodiyeri need not apologize to me, but he owes it to the people of Kerala. I went to attend the programme as per the invitation solicited to me. But I will go ahead with the legal notice slapped on Santhosh Eapen and will wait for 15 days until he responds to it. If not, I will file a defamation suit against him,” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, October 6, 2020 3:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “There has been a total failure in Covid monitoring and with things going out of hand, Vijayan, who used to conduct daily press meetings, has now gone missing. This government has failed miserably,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Supreme Court has ruled that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was a criminal offense and violation of law and order. Yet the prosecution's failure to prove it is a serious lapse. The verdict is as tragic as the demolition of the mosque," External link

business-standard Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked ( about Chief Minister ) : "If the state government was planning such an ordinance, the Congress would approach the Governor and request him not to sign it. Why is the Chief Minister planning to block the CBI?" External link

news18 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Another complete lockdown is not a practical solution. We need to make sure that local bodies are effectively engaged in the (COVID-19) mitigation process. The state government should also ensure that there are enough ICU, ventilator facilities in the state, " External link

news18 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Being a responsible political party, the UDF has no worry in taking the decision to suspend all the public agitations when the state itself is going through a worst phase of pandemic” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "In view of the rising number of covid-19 cases in the state, the UDF has decided to halt mass agitations against the state government," External link

outlookindia Monday, September 28, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The government has miserably failed in tackling the pandemic due to mismanagement. Now don't blame us and our protests.We are stopping it from today," External link

outlookindia Monday, September 28, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The UDF has been urging the state government to increase the number of COVID-19 tests. Once the test numbers were increased, there has been a huge surge in cases. We have also decided to postpone the protest to be held on November 5 in all the Assembly constituencies. The Opposition will render all support to the LDF government in whatever decision they take to curb COVID-19,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, September 28, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “The vigilance probe ordered by the LDF government is nothing but a damp squib. The way in which the vigilance investigation team had seized the files from the Secretariat on the sly under the cover of darkness is dubious. When did the Secretariat become a centre of the underworld? If there are no anomalies in the Life Mission scam, why should they fear a CBI probe? Kodiyeri is questioning the reliability of the central agencies for fear of the investigators leading the probe to his son,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, September 28, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, the UDF has decided to halt mass agitations against the state government," External link

timesofindia Monday, September 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The government has miserably failed in tackling the pandemic due to mismanagement. Now don't blame us and our protests. We are stopping it from today," External link

timesofindia Monday, September 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This is the biggest corruption which Kerala has ever seen," External link

news18 Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “These bills will transform Indian farmers into mere serfs of the corporates. The unilateral manner in which the BJP government has attempted to enact these laws will have far-reaching ramifications for the agriculture sector,” External link

thehindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kaur Badal ) : “Farmers will be left at the mercy of the corporates. One Union Minister (Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal) has already quit over the bills. Protests against the Bills are gaining strength in the north Indian States. There is every need to put up a solid resistance against the Bills,” External link

thehindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “These bills will transform Indian farmers into mere serfs of the corporates. The unilateral manner in which the BJP government has attempted to enact these laws will have far-reaching ramifications for the agriculture sector,” External link

Hindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kaur Badal ) : “Farmers will be left at the mercy of the corporates. One Union Minister (Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal) has already quit over the bills. Protests against the Bills are gaining strength in the north Indian States. There is every need to put up a solid resistance against the Bills,” External link

Hindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Today we lost a blessed soul, one who touched millions of hearts through his soulful songs and extraordinary personality” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is time for the CM to quit before the CBI comes knocking at his doors,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : "I had given two letters to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking the details on the MoU on the Life Mission project. I did not hear from him for more than 45 days and on the day when I gave the resignation, he sent the documents. Why can't the LDF government upload the documents on the website of Life Mission and the local bodies?" External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is more than 45 days since the controversy on the Life Mission arose and still the Chief Minister is keeping mum. It is clear from the way in which Pinarayi Vijayan has been evading the questions of the media that there is something fishy. The Opposition will not cooperate with the vigilance probe,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : “Pinarayi and finance minister Thomas Isaac should withdraw their decision on the salary challenge and instead take the Opposition into confidence in demanding the pending installments of the GST. Also, a Covid relief package should be demanded from the Centre. The Opposition has no qualms in joining for a common cause to help the state which would only alleviate the burden from the government employees facing a cash crunch,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Balakrishnan was mum when there were allegations against chief minister’s office in the gold smuggling case. But, when his son’s name was linked with gold smuggling and drug trafficking cases, he is playing communal card to divert attention,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The LDF government has no right to continue in office. Pinarayi should step down and seek the peoples' mandate. NIA, an agency which probes terror related cases, is now interrogating Jaleel. Jaleel should step down at least as a saving grace. This is the first time in the history of the state such an incident happened. UDF will intensify its protest demanding the ouster of the government," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the first time in the history of the State that a minister is being interrogated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). It is a disgrace to the entire State. The government should resign and face fresh polls,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “The chief minister is keeping a studied silence. He is protecting minister K T Jaleel , which is raising several suspicions. Minister A K Balan says Jaleel was questioned by the ED as a private person and not as a minister. Will the government be ready to come clean on all these controversies,” External link

timesofindia Monday, September 14, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "My words, even if misinterpreted and taken out of context, should not cause the slightest pain to women. While answering a question at yesterday's press conference, I realised that there was an unintentional reference from my side which I had not thought through. I have worked so long with political conviction and such a reference should not have happened. I withdraw my reference and express my regret," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "You are all spreading lies saying he is a member of NGO association and part of Congress but my information is that he is part of the NGO Union (Left affiliated)," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “even though my words were misinterpreted out of context, I would like to make sure that it should not cause even the slightest difficulty in the minds of women” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “After listening again to my answer to the question posed in yesterday’s press conference, it has occurred to me that I uttered a statement without the slightest intention to do so. I have worked all these years with the political conviction that such a statement should not come from me. Nevertheless, I withdraw my words and express my sincerest apology,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Is it written somewhere that only DYFI (CPI-M youth wing) workers can sexually abuse women? It’s all lies that the accused belongs to the Congress party or anything,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "even though my words were misinterpreted out of context, I would like to make sure that it should not cause even the slightest difficulty in the minds of women" External link

nampa Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Jose K Mani ) : "We have kept them (Jose K Mani faction) away from the UDF meeting because they failed to honour a seat-sharing agreement.But the faction betrayed and took an independent decision against the Front during the Assembly session. However, we didn't take any action.Even during the no-confidence motion in the Assembly, their MLAs, who won as part of the UDF, left the Assembly betraying the Front. We feel that If K M Mani was alive, he would not have allowed such moves which amount to backstabbing the Front," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “What’s happening in the state? The CMO is supporting the smuggling mafia while the CPM state secretary’s residence supports drug rackets. Why is the CPM state secretary silent on the same?” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, September 5, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “It is a serious issue. What is the link between the gold smuggling case and drug trafficking case and how is the drug trafficking case accused connected with Balakrishnan’s son? All these things should be investigated,” External link

financialexpress Friday, September 4, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sukumaran Nair ) : “The CPM has been on the lookout for martyrs after they were feeling the heat in the gold smuggling case, Life Mission scam, backdoor appointments and other corruption cases. There were widespread attacks on the statues of Congress leaders and offices. The attackers didn’t spare the house of Anu, the youth who committed suicide. His father, Sukumaran Nair, was also threatened,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Anu has become a martyr to the lack of kindness of the LDF government and the PSC. While 72 persons in the rank list were given jobs in the excise department, eight more vacancies were not reported, which resulted in Anu not getting the job,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 3:34:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The BJP is trying to derail the probe in the gold smuggling case.Both the BJP and the CPI(M) are on the same page in the matter. Anil Nambiar (journalist) tried to derail the case and a statement in this regard was given by Swapna Suresh(accused in the case).Even though they both (BJP and the CPI(M)) act like enemies, an active undercurrent between them is at play," External link

news18 Sunday, August 30, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The UDF will fight tooth and nail the suppression being unleashed by the LDF government. During this Onam season, the state government has taken out advertisements of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board's (KIIFB) historical achievements worth several crores to appease the media. In fact, KIIFB is a den of corrupt practices" External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 29, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "Important files related to gold smuggling were destroyed in the fire incident. NIA should investigate the case" External link

news18 Friday, August 28, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The flats will not withstand even a mild wind. A disaster may happen at any time,” External link

Hindu Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "Important files related to gold smuggling were destroyed in the fire incident. NIA should investigate the case" External link

news18 Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told ( about Vishwas Mehta ) : "The government has appointed the Chief Secretary to defend them. He is not Vishwas Mehta anymore but'Avishwas Mehta. When a fire broke out in the General Administration Department, Mehta chased away the media who came to find out what happened," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the duty of the speaker to facilitate the business of the assembly. But it is not his duty to arrange facilities for the CM to set a record. Though, you reminded me about the time when I completed 20 minutes of speech, you didn’t utter a word when the CM spoke for three hours and 45 minutes,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Oommen Chandy ) : “You said Oommen Chandy spoke for five-and-a-half hours when no confidence motion was moved in 2005. It was a three-day debate during which 20 hours were allotted for debate. Five hours and 15 minutes was taken by 10 ministers to answer allegations against them. Chandy only spoke for one hour and 45 minutes and all these are part of assembly documents,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the duty of the speaker to facilitate the business of the assembly. But it is not his duty to arrange facilities for the CM to set a record. Though, you reminded me about the time when I completed 20 minutes of speech, you didn’t utter a word when the CM spoke for three hours and 45 minutes,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Oommen Chandy ) : “You said Oommen Chandy spoke for five-and-a-half hours when no confidence motion was moved in 2005. It was a three-day debate during which 20 hours were allotted for debate. Five hours and 15 minutes was taken by 10 ministers to answer allegations against them. Chandy only spoke for one hour and 45 minutes and all these are part of assembly documents,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Very important files regarding the gold smuggling case have been completely destroyed. No backup file is available. This is a suspicious case. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is responsible for this," External link

news18 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “I was told some important files were gutted. It is sad that mediamen and leaders are not allowed to inspect the place. It is a big conspiracy to destroy evidence in the smuggling case,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Very important files regarding the gold smuggling case have been completely destroyed. No backup file is available. This is a suspicious case. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is responsible for this,” External link

india Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It is a fact that a conspiracy took place to help Adani," External link

Hindu Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We could expose the corruption of the government while maintaining high standards of decorum and upholding the rules of business in the assembly” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5:45:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We want the government to examine this serious lapse. It is strange while the government opposed Adani group’s takeover, one of the sister companies of the same group was engaged for bidding for the airport. It is a serious conflict of interest,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, August 24, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Vijayan government says one thing and does exactly the opposite. They cheated the people of Kerala by engaging this law firm, which had a role with Nirav Modi (diamond dealer). This law firm's relation with Adani is also now out in the open. Even though we will support the resolution moved by the Chief Minister, he should not have cheated the people of Kerala," External link

mid-day Monday, August 24, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "A conspiracy has been held to help the Adani group," External link

economictimes Monday, August 24, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It is a fact that a conspiracy took place to help Adani," External link

thehindu Monday, August 24, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “Fresh documents have emerged that the government had contacted Unitac during various stages of the project,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The decision to go for PPP mode despite state govt's readiness to operate and manage the airport shows how the Central Govt is trying to use the COVID pandemic to hand over all PSUs to the private sector," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The decision to go for PPP mode despite state govt's readiness to operate and manage the airport shows how the Central Govt is trying to use the Covid pandemic to hand over all PSUs to the private sector," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It's the centre's policy to privatise all Public Sector Undertakings in the country amid the Covid situation. We condemn this move. The Centre took this decision after rejecting the state government's proposal to take over the airport," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “whether Swapna Suresh had then forged permission” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The chief minister has been claiming that M Sivasankar was the only bureaucrat involved in the case and with his suspension the responsibility of government in the smuggling case has ended. However, ED’s latest disclosure has put the LDF government under suspicion and hence Pinarayi Vijayan has to clarify on this,” “Reports have come out that anti-national activities, including gold smuggling, have been taking place in Kerala with the help of top bureaucrats since 2017. Why didn’t the CM know about it? Swapna Suresh had accompanied Sivasankar twice during his UAE trips. When the CM went to the UAE for getting aid for flood relief, Swapna was there. Reports have come out that Sarith and Sandeep Nair, the other accused in the case, were in Dubai when Swapna was there. There are reasons to infer that the smuggling cartel had used CM’s trips to further their interests,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The CM needs to clarify as to how Swapna found a place in the official team? Did she meet the CM or hold discussions with him? If so, what was it about? Anyway, it is interesting to note that people who have no chance to become part of the delegation of the CM, got a chance to get involved,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “As per the procedure, the consulate has to apply with the State Protocol Office to get diplomatic immunity for their baggage. Only after getting permission, the immunity becomes applicable and consignments could be brought in… The government needs to publicise all records related to granting of permission,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Rahul needs to take up the mantle of the Congress president to build a credible alternative to the totalitarian BJP government led by Narendra Modi. The country is passing through a turbulent phase and serious challenges are being raised to India’s democracy, secularism, economic security and federalism. At this juncture, the country needs the visionary leadership of Gandhi to tide over the crisis,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “An attempt at Rajasthan government was prevented by your swift action,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Rahul needs to take up the mantle of the Congress president to build a credible alternative to the totalitarian BJP government led by Narendra Modi. The country is passing through a turbulent phase and serious challenges are being raised to India’s democracy, secularism, economic security and federalism. At this juncture, the country needs the visionary leadership of Gandhi to tide over the crisis,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “An attempt at Rajasthan government was prevented by your swift action,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The grassroots level workers are eagerly waiting for Rahulji to take over the reins of the party. This will infuse unmatched enthusiasm among our cadres and will catapult our party towards recapturing the past glory,” “Be it the pseudo-nationalism or the ‘mismanagement’ of the Covid-19 pandemic, the high handedness of enacting the CAA (citizenship law), or the total failure of diplomacy on handling the India-China border crisis, the country heard only one dissent and that was from you,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Were the recent allegations raised by the media and the Opposition all fabricated? Pinarayi should realize how he and the CMO had been linked in the gold smuggling case. The CMO is the den of all corrupt practices including in the gold smuggling case. If the media gives negative news against the CM and CMO, he will target them but the Opposition will not tolerate it,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "All political parties in India had agreed that the Ram Temple – Babri Masjid issue should be solved either through negotiation or by the court. Even CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was opposed to building of the temple by the government (at exchequer's cost) and not by others," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Muslim League as a political party has every right to express their views. What is relevant is their opinion that none should indulge in any activity that creates communal polarisation which would eventually help the BJP," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan now holds heath workers and the opposition responsible for the surge in Covid cases. His claims are like someone blaming his tools for the bad work he does. Health workers in the state do an exemplary work as always and the chief minister should stop blaming them. It was the government that ran a propaganda saying that Kerala has vanquished the pandemic. It’s this untimely self-boosting tactic that now backfired,” External link

timesofindia Friday, August 7, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Secretary should immediately cancel this order. I will be taking legal action against the Chief Secretary. Since I have pages of several files signed by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary with me, let him slap the first case against me,” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “If the LDF government had increased the number of COVID-19 tests, things would not have gone haywire. Every day people are seeing how two cabinet ministers are sitting idle when Pinarayi Vijayan has been resorting to his daily dose of sermons. I had sat on an eight hour dharna in front of the Secretariat for the first time since I became the Opposition leader against the LDF government’s decision to make COVID-19 negative certificates mandatory. Was it due to the dharna that the situation went out of control in Kasaragod, Mattancherry, Poonthura and other coastal areas?” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "The state Police was unable to nab the treasury fraud case accused for the past four days.. He swindled Rs 2 crore meant for Adivasi welfare and is enjoying police protection. It is the same police which helped gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh to leave the state," External link

news18 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "With this gold smuggling case, the current government in the state has tarnished the image of Kerala worldwide," External link

timesofindia Monday, August 3, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "With this gold smuggling case, the current government in the state has tarnished the image of Kerala worldwide," External link

news18 Monday, August 3, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “His words raise doubts about this secular credentials,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Kodiyeri is trying to incite communalism, but it will not have any impact. The public have no doubt about my secular credentials. Kodiyeri should not force me to reveal more about his credentials. He knows well about the various aspects of gold smuggling and its implications. Therefore, he is trying to divert attention,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Wasn''t such an act a blatant disregard of norms? A consultancy raj exists in the state and the government was recklessly appointing consultancies even in minor projects," External link

news18 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The land which rightly belongs to the state government is in the custody of another group now who prevented their entry. Though the government has doubts about its rights on the land, the Congress-led UDF is firm that the land belongs to the government," External link

news18 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "as desired by the Chief Minister," External link

thehindu Friday, July 24, 2020 6:02:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "as desired by the Chief Minister," External link

Hindu Friday, July 24, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This is the last chance for the CM to resign gracefully. He cannot be adamant about not resigning from office. The allies in the LDF are yet to express their opinion about the gold smuggling case though they are answerable to the public," External link

newindianexpress Friday, July 24, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The speaker had decided to convene the session when there was a triple lockdown in the state capital and it was decided to go for a seating arrangement in the assembly in line with the social distancing norms. Now that the speaker himself and the chief minister’s office are caught in the gold smuggling controversy, the government is not willing to face the assembly," External link

timesofindia Friday, July 24, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "We will not go back on our demand for the chief minister's resignation as he has lost the moral right to continue," External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "We will not go back on our demand for the chief minister's resignation as he has lost the moral right to continue," External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This primarily concerns corruption, nepotism and criminalisation of the state administration and gross deviation from the CPI(M)'s proclaimed ideology and code of conduct for party leaders holding public office, a position that has been sharpened over the decades by the numerous party congresses and plenums" External link

news18 Monday, July 20, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The accused have revealed details of their close connections with the CMO. Time is ripe for investigating the role of CMO in the smuggling and even questioning the chief minister himself,” “Reports of close involvement of top bureaucrats at CMO with the key accused in gold smuggling have exposed the inefficiency of the CMO and rampant corruption prevailing there,” External link

timesofindia Monday, July 20, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Time is ripe for investigating the role of CMO in the smuggling case and even questioning the chief minister himself," External link

news18 Sunday, July 19, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The government may defeat the motion by the numbers it has in the House. But it remains our duty, as the opposition, to reflect the growing public distrust against the government. CM Pinarayi Vijayan should take note of the complexity of the maze he has slipped into. He should step down immediately and face CBI inquiry. Officials in IT department under Vijayan have stooped to the level of mafia members,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister is justifying and protecting the accused in the gold-smuggling case. Why is he hesitant to suspend his former secretary Sivasankar who was questioned by the customs for over eight hours in the gold-smuggling case. The CM is still asking why he should suspend Sivasankar,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “We will move a resolution to remove the Speaker from the post. The Speaker had inaugurated the shop of one of the accused. The Chief Minister is justifying that too,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "The Chief Minister is justifying and protecting the accused in the gold smuggling case. Why is he hesitant to suspend his former secretary Sivasankar who was questioned by the customs for over eight hours in the gold smuggling case. The CM is still asking why he should suspend Sivasankar," External link

news18 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We will move a resolution to remove the Speaker from the post.The Speaker had inaugurated the shop of one of the accused.The chief minister is justifying that too," External link

news18 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “Speculation is rife that Swapna Suresh, masquerading as an official of the government, could have used this as the opportunity to establish relationship with top scientists within and outside the country. It is shocking that a lady who is now the second accused in the anti-national smuggling case with criminal antecedents and facing allegations has been chosen as the programme coordinator for an event involving top space scientists in the country,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “If he doesn’t know what happened in his own department, he should quit. It’s clear that CM and government are trying hard to save the culprits in the smuggling case. How come NIA sleuths swooped in and took into custody the accused persons in 24 hours while Kerala police could not trace them for days together,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “Speculation is rife that Swapna Suresh, masquerading as an official of the government, could have used this as the opportunity to establish relationship with top scientists within and outside the country. It is shocking that a lady who is now the second accused in the anti-national smuggling case with criminal antecedents and facing allegations has been chosen as the programme coordinator for an event involving top space scientists in the country,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “If he doesn’t know what happened in his own department, he should quit. It’s clear that CM and government are trying hard to save the culprits in the smuggling case. How come NIA sleuths swooped in and took into custody the accused persons in 24 hours while Kerala police could not trace them for days together,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister was forced to remove the officer from the post of his principal secretary following the emergence of some telling evidence of his links with Swapna,” External link

financialexpress Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The chief minister was forced to remove the officer from the post of his principal secretary following the emergence of some telling evidence of his links with Swapna," "I don't think any state government agency would carry out a free and fair probe into the illegal nexus between mafia and ruling dispensation," External link

news18 Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Pinarayi Vijayan and the LDF government failed to file a FIR against the culprits behind the gold smuggling case as they wanted to save the tainted former IT secretary M Sivasankar and the second accused, Swapna Suresh. Moreover, by not filing the FIR, the accused, Swapna got the protection against forging of documents and impersonation. There has been a concerted effort from the government to protect the culprits,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The Opposition had always held protests against the LDF government keeping in mind the safety protocols of COVID-19. If there had been a lapse from our side, we had corrected our party workers. Pinarayi is not going to walk away from the gold smuggling case by putting the blame on the spurt in the COVID-19 on us. As Opposition, we will fight against the LDF government on the gold smuggling case with safety protocols in place,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Our demand is that Sivasankar should be questioned to know about the deals he has made with the gang and also his involvement in the controversial appointments in IT department,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Swapna, accused in many criminal cases, was the operations manager of Space Conclave 2020, conducted by the state government with Isro and mandates the highest level of confidentiality. Her posting at Space Park needs to be probed. The gold smuggling case has international ramifications,” External link

economictimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:01:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Whenever any corruption charges and issues were raised by the opposition, including that of Sprinklr deal and Bevco app, CM was shielding this IAS official,” External link

india Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : "I write this with utmost concern at the misuse of diplomatic immunity of UAE consulate by International gold smuggling cartels, with the collusion of officials working under govt of Kerala. I solicit your immediate intervention to investigate this nefarious act," External link

haberler-en Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asserted : "The main accused has been appointed by the govt of Kerala disregarding reports of state intelligence against her, this proves her deep-rooted links with the power centers," External link

haberler-en Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “If the Chief Minister doesn’t have anything to hide on the gold smuggling case, then why is he shying away from ordering a CBI probe? I have written a letter to Prime Minister Modi seeking a CBI and Enforcement probe. LDF leaders including the CPM ministers, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan and AKG centre have close ties with Swapna Suresh. Only a CBI probe will bring out the actual truth behind the gold smuggling case” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Nobody expelled them. That was clearly mentioned when the UDF convener spoke to media the other day,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Kerala Congress is an essential part of the UDF and they have been with the front for over four decades. Following the death of K M Mani, the party split and the UDF tried to bring them together. When that was found impossible, it was decided to treat them as two parties,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “The replies of the chief minister don’t stand ground and are aimed to whitewash PwC. Though it is true that PwC had been empanelled by National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI), the standard operating procedures of NICSI says that only they (NICSI) can assign work to the consultant. Now the question is, who empowered the chief minister to decide that an empanelled company could be given work without tender?” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sree Narayana Guru ) : “It is a victory of the people. There were many protests against the decision led by various organizations, inluding Sree Narayana movements and KPCC OBC cell,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Vijayan has no right to give the contract, when the state cabinet had no clue. Wish to know if the State Transport Minister ever knew of this. Moreover, this was given after questions were raised by former Law Commission chairman A.P. Shah, on why he (Vijayan) was handing over fresh contracts to PwC. Vijayan has to answer these," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "All the prescribed protocols of awarding contract after inviting tender were not adhered to by Vijayan. Fail to understand how a Communist leader like Vijayan can give a contract to a company like PwC, when their ideology is against it. What's Vijayan's interest in this deal? Once Vijayan answers these questions, I will come out with more details," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : "The people of Kerala are interested to know if your party maintains the same policy now?" "As CPI(M) is ruling Kerala, your party has the obligation to maintain the unity, sovereignty and integrity of India.You have a responsibility to make public your stand in the issue of Chinese incursions. The unwillingness of both you and the CPI(M) to recant your policy of blind support to China is a grave injustice to the country," External link

news18 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Of the 21 states with over one crore population, Kerala stands 12th in terms of tests. For 100,000 population, only 520 tests are being conducted. Tamil Nadu conducts 30,000 tests, Andhra Pradesh 17,000 and Karnataka 10,000,” External link

india Sunday, June 21, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We have done a lot of work for which we never seek publicity," External link

timesofindia Sunday, June 21, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “According to the latest report 228 Keralites died abroad. Many of these lives could have been saved if the Centre and state took a proactive stand in the early days of pandemic,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We demand the Vande Bharat mission protocol to be followed while bringing back the expats. However, the health minister is stating otherwise. The voluntary organisations are helping those who are unable to purchase a ticket. It's not fair asking them to conduct a Covid-19 test," External link

timesofindia Sunday, June 14, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “There was no such stipulation for those returning by flights of the Vande Bharat mission and the decision is likely to cause immense hardships” External link

india Sunday, June 14, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “This new guideline is not applicable to those coming on Vande Bharat flights. It’s sad that those coming on chartered flights are those who do not have any money and now with this new direction they will have to spend from their pocket. This is totally unacceptable and this irresponsible order should be withdrawn,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : “What’s even more surprising is that the Covid negative certificate should not be older than 48 hours before the flight departs. We fail to understand the logic; what actually needs to be done is, there should be a pre-departure health check-up. And once they arrive, they should be asked to follow the isolation/quarantine norms. This somersault is not acceptable at all,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "There was no such stipulation for those returning by flights of the Vande Bharat mission and the decision is likely to cause immense hardships" External link

news18 Saturday, June 13, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is like closing the windows to the pandemic and leaving the main door open,” External link

Hindu Monday, June 8, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Soon after this flying visit, the Pathanamthitta district authorities came out with an order giving the rights of removing this precious sand to the Kannur based state-owned Kerala Clays and Ceramics Products," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "We wish to know if a sand audit was conducted and also was the environmentalist consulted. My question is -- what are they going to do with the sand and if there are other 'players' involved in it? Today everything is happening under the guise of Covid, without taking into account even the concerned departments. We are questioning why this is now being done as this sand was lying there for two years. We want to hear from the government and then I will reveal more," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "What is intriguing is neither the forest nor revenue department is aware of what happened. This place is where the Forest Act is in vogue and the Revenue department is responsible for the sand. I read in the media that State Forest Minister K. Raju had no clue on this. This particular company has no expertise or has not done anything conclusive till now. This company is chaired by a top level CPI-M party official from Kannur," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The chaos and confusion over liquor sale has ratified the opposition’s allegations over the BevQ scam. Despite these issues, the meeting chaired by the excise minister decided not to withdraw the app, as they want to cover up the huge corruption,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:29:00 AM EAT



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Oommen Chandy added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “The government is trying to divert attention from various controversies surrounding it. It is also aimed at targeting Mr. Chennithala, who had been exposing many wrong-doings of the government,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Biju Ramesh said ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “When I was set to give a statement under CrPC Section 164, Chennithala’s wife pleaded not to create trouble for her husband. After that, Ramesh called and requested me not to reveal his name while giving my statement and I did not mention his name. He was the home minister then,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Pinarai Vijayan said ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “The copy of the MoU between LIFE Mission and Red Crescent has been given to whoever had asked for it through Right to Information (RTI) application. However, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had demanded that the documents pertaining to the LIFE Mission Wadakkanchery scheme should be publicised. The government is ready for any probe on this. There will not be any lapses from the government’s side to provide the details of the MoU to Chennithala,” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Let the central agencies probe everything related to the case. Chennithala should hand over to the investigating agencies if there is any evidence in his possession,” External link

financialexpress Friday, September 4, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wrote ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Ramesh Chennithala wears the cap of RSS better than any of its worker. Whatever BJP’s state president tells against Pinarayi government, will be repeated by Chennithala before the end of the day. Chennithala has become the Sarsanghchalak of RSS within Congress. He is the heartbeat of RSS,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

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Ramesh Chennithala said : “The statement from the chief minister has made it clear that he has lost all trust in the finance minister,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The statement from the chief minister has made it clear that he has lost all trust in the finance minister,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "The speaker will act only as per the directions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "The speaker will act only as per the directions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan," External link

news18 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The finance minister is revolting against agencies which unearth corruption and other irregularities in his department. There's serious corruption in the KSFE. The chief minister should state whether the agency dropped the raids midway following the finance minister's criticism," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, November 29, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Biju Ramesh ) : “Vigilance had twice found that there was no evidence to prove the allegations levelled against me. However, Biju has come out with baseless statements against me and my wife and I have decided to take legal recourse,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The new section is aimed at silencing the media. The CPM and its government want to silence those who criticise them. The government wants to gag the press, which is exposing corruption and nepotism in governance. The CPM is sending the message that anyone who dares to speak against the government will be sent to jail” External link

expressindia Monday, November 23, 2020 5:01:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Ordinance is aimed at silencing those who will speak against the government in the coming elections. It is an irony that CPM was the first Political party to welcome the 2015 verdict by the Supreme Court which scrapped 66 A of the IT act 2000 and 118 D of the Kerala police act," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Ordinance is aimed at silencing those who will speak against the government in the coming elections. It is an irony that CPM was the first Political party to welcome the 2015 verdict by the Supreme Court which scrapped 66 A of the IT act 2000 and 118 D of the Kerala police act," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "LDF government has troubled local bodies during Covid-19 outbreak and natural calamities. Though local bodies were placed at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19, they were not given enough funds. Local bodies were asked to spend from their own fund or plan funds. This led to a subsequent stagnation in development projects in all local bodies. If UDF comes to power, such situations won’t arise. We will make functioning of local bodies transparent," External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is nothing but a witch hunt. The central agencies have reached the CM’s office so the government will have to save its face somehow. We are not worried and we will take legal recourse to challenge the retrograde step,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The arrest of Ebrahimkunju is nothing but a bid to distract attention from the slew of corruption cases the LDF is currently facing. If not for the pressure from Pinarayi Vijayan, the former PWD minister would not have been arrested," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Thomas Isaac ) : "Isaac has been coming up with more false statements when he was caught red-handed after the CAG's press statement. Isaac should resign immediately as he has no right to continue in office after lying repeatedly," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Isaac has created history as this is the first time ever in the country where a finance minister has revealed the CAG's final report prior to it being tabled in the Legislative Assembly. The CAG's press release exposed Isaac. When Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was quizzed about the CAG's report, he behaved as if he lost his mental balance. Until Monday, Isaac was claiming that it was a draft report. Now, why did he confirm that it was the final report? I am surprised that the state's finance minister is not even aware whether a CAG report is a draft or final report," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "Pinarayi is ranting against the central agencies. He has never disowned his former principal secretary M Sivasankar and Swapna Suresh, the key accused in the gold smuggling case. There is no transparency on masala bonds. Isaac is very smart when it comes to quoting figures worth several crores. It should be recalled that even without KIIFB, the previous UDF government had implemented developmental projects in the state," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s decision to step down as CPM state secretary alone will not suffice. We want nothing short of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's resignation as he is the one who is embroiled in all the controversies. Isaac convened the presser to divert attention from the real issues. But we have already decided to challenge the government for training guns on the CAG," External link

newindianexpress Monday, November 16, 2020 6:58:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Issac has violated the basic tenants of law as how can a Minister reveal the contents of a CAG report, as it becomes a public document only when it's placed before the assembly. " External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “They fear auditing only because corruption has been found. This is akin to defaming and threatening a constitutional institution,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 15, 2020 4:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “There is a difference of opinion within the party and this led to Balakrishnan’s ‘leave’. He was saying that the party and his son are two unrelated entities. However, all these claims have become futile and he was forced to admit that he too had a responsibility in the matter,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “There is a difference of opinion within the party and this led to Balakrishnan’s ‘leave’. He was saying that the party and his son are two unrelated entities. However, all these claims have become futile and he was forced to admit that he too had a responsibility in the matter,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “never before in the history of the CPI-M have they been in such a position where the chief minister’s office was embroiled in various graft cases, including gold smuggling and other scams” External link

gulf-times Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We have long been demanding that both Balakrishnan and Vijayan resign. Balakrishnan’s leave claims are a bluff as he has never sought leave before on occasions that he went to the US for treatment. It’s now Vijayan’s turn and it is better he quits immediately or else he will have to bow out in shame,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “The statement ED submitted in court is a summary of the underworld dealings happening in the chief minister’s office. As per that, CMO is the epicentre of all corruption in the state. The ED has also confirmed that CMO became a centre of smugglers and fraudsters,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : “It has already become clear that there was influence from the CMO to release the smuggled gold that had reached the airport. Sivasankar was aware of the corrupt deals behind Life Mission. All secrets behind major projects were leaked by Sivasankar to Swapna Suresh. Projects like Life Mission and K-FON were partnership deals between Sivasankar and Swapna,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “The speaker has unnecessarily dragged the ethics committee of the assembly into this. He is trying to protect the interests of state government. I register my strong protest against this,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "He might have received indications that the probe by the central agencies will reach his office. The Chief Minister himself had given good certificates to the agencies. But now the true colours of the chief minister and his party have now come out as they have been cornered by the probe agencies," External link

news18 Monday, November 2, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : “citadel, closed to all but gold smugglers and commission agents” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “tool in the hands of Mr. Vijayan” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The game plan of Vijayan is to place the crime on Sivasankar who is now arrested and named fifth accused, but the news is that more officials attached to Vijayan's office will also be in the dock. Today Vijayan is trying to blame Sivasankar for all his woes, but the truth is both Vijayan and his party are in a shambles," "Starting with the Sprinklr controversy, Sivasankar's hands are there in every corrupt deal which includes the Bev Q App, Pamba sand mining, E-mobility and Life Mission and all these has had the blessings of Vijayan" External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The CPI-M party organ had come out with a news item that I was given 5 i-phones by Swapna Suresh (prime accused in the gold smuggling case). I gave a written complaint to the state police chief but no action has been taken. Now the news is that one of the phone was given to Sivasankar and the most expensive phone was given to another high profile person. Everything around Vijayan's office smells bad and he has no moral or ethical right to remain in power," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "The party is in shambles after the four-and-a-half- year-long rule of Pinarayi Vijayan. It is the chief minister who is the prime accused in the gold smuggling case and all other related matters. Both the party and the government are under the scanner," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Necessarily withdrawal of prosecution of such offences is against public interest and public peace and consent for withdrawing prosecution of such offences cannot be granted mere asking" External link

news18 Friday, October 30, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Our request is Balakrishnan should not resign as state secretary. Only if he remains in that post, will it be good for us,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Look what’s happening, Vijayan’s office is in the midst of gold smuggling, while Balakrishnan’s home is a den of narcotics,” External link

gulf-times Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The CPI-M in Kerala is now in custody. First the secretary to Vijayan Sivasankar was arrested by ED, now CPI-M party secretary’s son has been arrested by ED in a narcotics case. Our request is Balakrishnan should not resign as state secretary. Only if he remains in that post, will it be good for us,” External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Look what’s happening, Vijayan’s office is in the midst of gold smuggling, while Balakrishnan’s home is a den of narcotics,” External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It seems all crimes lead to the CPI(M) or the CMO,” External link

Hindu Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The epicentre of all corrupt practices is Vijayan and his office and hence if he has any scruples left, he should quit. The ED taking custody of his closest aide is more than enough to clear the doubts, of what all was happening under Vijayan. No Chief Minister of our state has come to such a tight spot," External link

news18 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is worse than the Hathras case in Uttar Pradesh. People who shed tears are ignoring two murders that happened in their own backyard. It is sad the mother is forced to begin another round of stir,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “There is no difference between Hathras and Walayar. Both are examples of state-sponsored extremism. Kerala must stand together against such extremism. This family must get justice. Their protest deserves importance. It was unfortunate that the minister for SC/ST welfare recently visited the area, but did not meet the family. And he’s asking why are they protesting?” External link

expressindia Monday, October 26, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The State government’s decision to entrust cooperative societies with paddy procurement in place of mills has already destroyed large quantities of paddy. Harvested paddy is lying in fields. The thulavarsham (northeast monsoon) is set to begin in the next couple of days. This will result in total crop loss,” External link

thehindu Monday, October 26, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The State government’s decision to entrust cooperative societies with paddy procurement in place of mills has already destroyed large quantities of paddy. Harvested paddy is lying in fields. The thulavarsham (northeast monsoon) is set to begin in the next couple of days. This will result in total crop loss,” External link

Hindu Monday, October 26, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Rahul Gandhi ) : "The report that I made a comment that Rahul Gandhi neednotexpress his opinion in regional matters, is baseless. Gandhi is a national leader.His opinions are not regionalised.His perspective is from a national level. What I meant was his opinion should be seen like that," External link

news18 Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The assessment of the union minister is the true reflection of the situation in the state and the opposition has also been raising the same issue. The state government had completely failed in fighting Covid-19. Other than the daily press conferences of the CM in the evening, there was no systematic action to fight the pandemic," External link

timesofindia Monday, October 19, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The assessment of the union minister is the true reflection of the situation in the state and theOpposition has also been raising the same issue. The state government had completely failed in fighting COVID-19. Other than the daily press conferences of the CM in the evening, there was no systematic action to fight the pandemic," External link

business-standard Monday, October 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Kerala has failed in Covid-control measures. To artificially show that the state is effectively managing the situation, all cases are not detected and the number of tests is not increased,” External link

expressindia Monday, October 19, 2020 6:41:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Kodiyeri need not apologize to me, but he owes it to the people of Kerala. I went to attend the programme as per the invitation solicited to me. But I will go ahead with the legal notice slapped on Santhosh Eapen and will wait for 15 days until he responds to it. If not, I will file a defamation suit against him,” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, October 6, 2020 3:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “There has been a total failure in Covid monitoring and with things going out of hand, Vijayan, who used to conduct daily press meetings, has now gone missing. This government has failed miserably,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Supreme Court has ruled that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was a criminal offense and violation of law and order. Yet the prosecution's failure to prove it is a serious lapse. The verdict is as tragic as the demolition of the mosque," External link

business-standard Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked ( about Chief Minister ) : "If the state government was planning such an ordinance, the Congress would approach the Governor and request him not to sign it. Why is the Chief Minister planning to block the CBI?" External link

news18 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Another complete lockdown is not a practical solution. We need to make sure that local bodies are effectively engaged in the (COVID-19) mitigation process. The state government should also ensure that there are enough ICU, ventilator facilities in the state, " External link

news18 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Being a responsible political party, the UDF has no worry in taking the decision to suspend all the public agitations when the state itself is going through a worst phase of pandemic” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "In view of the rising number of covid-19 cases in the state, the UDF has decided to halt mass agitations against the state government," External link

outlookindia Monday, September 28, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The government has miserably failed in tackling the pandemic due to mismanagement. Now don't blame us and our protests.We are stopping it from today," External link

outlookindia Monday, September 28, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The UDF has been urging the state government to increase the number of COVID-19 tests. Once the test numbers were increased, there has been a huge surge in cases. We have also decided to postpone the protest to be held on November 5 in all the Assembly constituencies. The Opposition will render all support to the LDF government in whatever decision they take to curb COVID-19,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, September 28, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “The vigilance probe ordered by the LDF government is nothing but a damp squib. The way in which the vigilance investigation team had seized the files from the Secretariat on the sly under the cover of darkness is dubious. When did the Secretariat become a centre of the underworld? If there are no anomalies in the Life Mission scam, why should they fear a CBI probe? Kodiyeri is questioning the reliability of the central agencies for fear of the investigators leading the probe to his son,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, September 28, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, the UDF has decided to halt mass agitations against the state government," External link

timesofindia Monday, September 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The government has miserably failed in tackling the pandemic due to mismanagement. Now don't blame us and our protests. We are stopping it from today," External link

timesofindia Monday, September 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This is the biggest corruption which Kerala has ever seen," External link

news18 Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “These bills will transform Indian farmers into mere serfs of the corporates. The unilateral manner in which the BJP government has attempted to enact these laws will have far-reaching ramifications for the agriculture sector,” External link

thehindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kaur Badal ) : “Farmers will be left at the mercy of the corporates. One Union Minister (Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal) has already quit over the bills. Protests against the Bills are gaining strength in the north Indian States. There is every need to put up a solid resistance against the Bills,” External link

thehindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “These bills will transform Indian farmers into mere serfs of the corporates. The unilateral manner in which the BJP government has attempted to enact these laws will have far-reaching ramifications for the agriculture sector,” External link

Hindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kaur Badal ) : “Farmers will be left at the mercy of the corporates. One Union Minister (Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal) has already quit over the bills. Protests against the Bills are gaining strength in the north Indian States. There is every need to put up a solid resistance against the Bills,” External link

Hindu Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Today we lost a blessed soul, one who touched millions of hearts through his soulful songs and extraordinary personality” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is time for the CM to quit before the CBI comes knocking at his doors,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : "I had given two letters to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking the details on the MoU on the Life Mission project. I did not hear from him for more than 45 days and on the day when I gave the resignation, he sent the documents. Why can't the LDF government upload the documents on the website of Life Mission and the local bodies?" External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is more than 45 days since the controversy on the Life Mission arose and still the Chief Minister is keeping mum. It is clear from the way in which Pinarayi Vijayan has been evading the questions of the media that there is something fishy. The Opposition will not cooperate with the vigilance probe,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : “Pinarayi and finance minister Thomas Isaac should withdraw their decision on the salary challenge and instead take the Opposition into confidence in demanding the pending installments of the GST. Also, a Covid relief package should be demanded from the Centre. The Opposition has no qualms in joining for a common cause to help the state which would only alleviate the burden from the government employees facing a cash crunch,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Balakrishnan was mum when there were allegations against chief minister’s office in the gold smuggling case. But, when his son’s name was linked with gold smuggling and drug trafficking cases, he is playing communal card to divert attention,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The LDF government has no right to continue in office. Pinarayi should step down and seek the peoples' mandate. NIA, an agency which probes terror related cases, is now interrogating Jaleel. Jaleel should step down at least as a saving grace. This is the first time in the history of the state such an incident happened. UDF will intensify its protest demanding the ouster of the government," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the first time in the history of the State that a minister is being interrogated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). It is a disgrace to the entire State. The government should resign and face fresh polls,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “The chief minister is keeping a studied silence. He is protecting minister K T Jaleel , which is raising several suspicions. Minister A K Balan says Jaleel was questioned by the ED as a private person and not as a minister. Will the government be ready to come clean on all these controversies,” External link

timesofindia Monday, September 14, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "My words, even if misinterpreted and taken out of context, should not cause the slightest pain to women. While answering a question at yesterday's press conference, I realised that there was an unintentional reference from my side which I had not thought through. I have worked so long with political conviction and such a reference should not have happened. I withdraw my reference and express my regret," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "You are all spreading lies saying he is a member of NGO association and part of Congress but my information is that he is part of the NGO Union (Left affiliated)," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “even though my words were misinterpreted out of context, I would like to make sure that it should not cause even the slightest difficulty in the minds of women” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “After listening again to my answer to the question posed in yesterday’s press conference, it has occurred to me that I uttered a statement without the slightest intention to do so. I have worked all these years with the political conviction that such a statement should not come from me. Nevertheless, I withdraw my words and express my sincerest apology,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Is it written somewhere that only DYFI (CPI-M youth wing) workers can sexually abuse women? It’s all lies that the accused belongs to the Congress party or anything,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "even though my words were misinterpreted out of context, I would like to make sure that it should not cause even the slightest difficulty in the minds of women" External link

nampa Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Jose K Mani ) : "We have kept them (Jose K Mani faction) away from the UDF meeting because they failed to honour a seat-sharing agreement.But the faction betrayed and took an independent decision against the Front during the Assembly session. However, we didn't take any action.Even during the no-confidence motion in the Assembly, their MLAs, who won as part of the UDF, left the Assembly betraying the Front. We feel that If K M Mani was alive, he would not have allowed such moves which amount to backstabbing the Front," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “What’s happening in the state? The CMO is supporting the smuggling mafia while the CPM state secretary’s residence supports drug rackets. Why is the CPM state secretary silent on the same?” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, September 5, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “It is a serious issue. What is the link between the gold smuggling case and drug trafficking case and how is the drug trafficking case accused connected with Balakrishnan’s son? All these things should be investigated,” External link

financialexpress Friday, September 4, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sukumaran Nair ) : “The CPM has been on the lookout for martyrs after they were feeling the heat in the gold smuggling case, Life Mission scam, backdoor appointments and other corruption cases. There were widespread attacks on the statues of Congress leaders and offices. The attackers didn’t spare the house of Anu, the youth who committed suicide. His father, Sukumaran Nair, was also threatened,” External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Anu has become a martyr to the lack of kindness of the LDF government and the PSC. While 72 persons in the rank list were given jobs in the excise department, eight more vacancies were not reported, which resulted in Anu not getting the job,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 3:34:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The BJP is trying to derail the probe in the gold smuggling case.Both the BJP and the CPI(M) are on the same page in the matter. Anil Nambiar (journalist) tried to derail the case and a statement in this regard was given by Swapna Suresh(accused in the case).Even though they both (BJP and the CPI(M)) act like enemies, an active undercurrent between them is at play," External link

news18 Sunday, August 30, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The UDF will fight tooth and nail the suppression being unleashed by the LDF government. During this Onam season, the state government has taken out advertisements of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board's (KIIFB) historical achievements worth several crores to appease the media. In fact, KIIFB is a den of corrupt practices" External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 29, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "Important files related to gold smuggling were destroyed in the fire incident. NIA should investigate the case" External link

news18 Friday, August 28, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The flats will not withstand even a mild wind. A disaster may happen at any time,” External link

Hindu Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "Important files related to gold smuggling were destroyed in the fire incident. NIA should investigate the case" External link

news18 Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told ( about Vishwas Mehta ) : "The government has appointed the Chief Secretary to defend them. He is not Vishwas Mehta anymore but'Avishwas Mehta. When a fire broke out in the General Administration Department, Mehta chased away the media who came to find out what happened," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the duty of the speaker to facilitate the business of the assembly. But it is not his duty to arrange facilities for the CM to set a record. Though, you reminded me about the time when I completed 20 minutes of speech, you didn’t utter a word when the CM spoke for three hours and 45 minutes,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Oommen Chandy ) : “You said Oommen Chandy spoke for five-and-a-half hours when no confidence motion was moved in 2005. It was a three-day debate during which 20 hours were allotted for debate. Five hours and 15 minutes was taken by 10 ministers to answer allegations against them. Chandy only spoke for one hour and 45 minutes and all these are part of assembly documents,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is the duty of the speaker to facilitate the business of the assembly. But it is not his duty to arrange facilities for the CM to set a record. Though, you reminded me about the time when I completed 20 minutes of speech, you didn’t utter a word when the CM spoke for three hours and 45 minutes,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Oommen Chandy ) : “You said Oommen Chandy spoke for five-and-a-half hours when no confidence motion was moved in 2005. It was a three-day debate during which 20 hours were allotted for debate. Five hours and 15 minutes was taken by 10 ministers to answer allegations against them. Chandy only spoke for one hour and 45 minutes and all these are part of assembly documents,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Very important files regarding the gold smuggling case have been completely destroyed. No backup file is available. This is a suspicious case. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is responsible for this," External link

news18 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “I was told some important files were gutted. It is sad that mediamen and leaders are not allowed to inspect the place. It is a big conspiracy to destroy evidence in the smuggling case,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Very important files regarding the gold smuggling case have been completely destroyed. No backup file is available. This is a suspicious case. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is responsible for this,” External link

india Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It is a fact that a conspiracy took place to help Adani," External link

Hindu Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We could expose the corruption of the government while maintaining high standards of decorum and upholding the rules of business in the assembly” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5:45:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “We want the government to examine this serious lapse. It is strange while the government opposed Adani group’s takeover, one of the sister companies of the same group was engaged for bidding for the airport. It is a serious conflict of interest,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, August 24, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Vijayan government says one thing and does exactly the opposite. They cheated the people of Kerala by engaging this law firm, which had a role with Nirav Modi (diamond dealer). This law firm's relation with Adani is also now out in the open. Even though we will support the resolution moved by the Chief Minister, he should not have cheated the people of Kerala," External link

mid-day Monday, August 24, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "A conspiracy has been held to help the Adani group," External link

economictimes Monday, August 24, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It is a fact that a conspiracy took place to help Adani," External link

thehindu Monday, August 24, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : “Fresh documents have emerged that the government had contacted Unitac during various stages of the project,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The decision to go for PPP mode despite state govt's readiness to operate and manage the airport shows how the Central Govt is trying to use the COVID pandemic to hand over all PSUs to the private sector," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The decision to go for PPP mode despite state govt's readiness to operate and manage the airport shows how the Central Govt is trying to use the Covid pandemic to hand over all PSUs to the private sector," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "It's the centre's policy to privatise all Public Sector Undertakings in the country amid the Covid situation. We condemn this move. The Centre took this decision after rejecting the state government's proposal to take over the airport," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “whether Swapna Suresh had then forged permission” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The chief minister has been claiming that M Sivasankar was the only bureaucrat involved in the case and with his suspension the responsibility of government in the smuggling case has ended. However, ED’s latest disclosure has put the LDF government under suspicion and hence Pinarayi Vijayan has to clarify on this,” “Reports have come out that anti-national activities, including gold smuggling, have been taking place in Kerala with the help of top bureaucrats since 2017. Why didn’t the CM know about it? Swapna Suresh had accompanied Sivasankar twice during his UAE trips. When the CM went to the UAE for getting aid for flood relief, Swapna was there. Reports have come out that Sarith and Sandeep Nair, the other accused in the case, were in Dubai when Swapna was there. There are reasons to infer that the smuggling cartel had used CM’s trips to further their interests,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The CM needs to clarify as to how Swapna found a place in the official team? Did she meet the CM or hold discussions with him? If so, what was it about? Anyway, it is interesting to note that people who have no chance to become part of the delegation of the CM, got a chance to get involved,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “As per the procedure, the consulate has to apply with the State Protocol Office to get diplomatic immunity for their baggage. Only after getting permission, the immunity becomes applicable and consignments could be brought in… The government needs to publicise all records related to granting of permission,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Rahul needs to take up the mantle of the Congress president to build a credible alternative to the totalitarian BJP government led by Narendra Modi. The country is passing through a turbulent phase and serious challenges are being raised to India’s democracy, secularism, economic security and federalism. At this juncture, the country needs the visionary leadership of Gandhi to tide over the crisis,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “An attempt at Rajasthan government was prevented by your swift action,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Rahul needs to take up the mantle of the Congress president to build a credible alternative to the totalitarian BJP government led by Narendra Modi. The country is passing through a turbulent phase and serious challenges are being raised to India’s democracy, secularism, economic security and federalism. At this juncture, the country needs the visionary leadership of Gandhi to tide over the crisis,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “An attempt at Rajasthan government was prevented by your swift action,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The grassroots level workers are eagerly waiting for Rahulji to take over the reins of the party. This will infuse unmatched enthusiasm among our cadres and will catapult our party towards recapturing the past glory,” “Be it the pseudo-nationalism or the ‘mismanagement’ of the Covid-19 pandemic, the high handedness of enacting the CAA (citizenship law), or the total failure of diplomacy on handling the India-China border crisis, the country heard only one dissent and that was from you,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Were the recent allegations raised by the media and the Opposition all fabricated? Pinarayi should realize how he and the CMO had been linked in the gold smuggling case. The CMO is the den of all corrupt practices including in the gold smuggling case. If the media gives negative news against the CM and CMO, he will target them but the Opposition will not tolerate it,” External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "All political parties in India had agreed that the Ram Temple – Babri Masjid issue should be solved either through negotiation or by the court. Even CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was opposed to building of the temple by the government (at exchequer's cost) and not by others," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The Muslim League as a political party has every right to express their views. What is relevant is their opinion that none should indulge in any activity that creates communal polarisation which would eventually help the BJP," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan now holds heath workers and the opposition responsible for the surge in Covid cases. His claims are like someone blaming his tools for the bad work he does. Health workers in the state do an exemplary work as always and the chief minister should stop blaming them. It was the government that ran a propaganda saying that Kerala has vanquished the pandemic. It’s this untimely self-boosting tactic that now backfired,” External link

timesofindia Friday, August 7, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Secretary should immediately cancel this order. I will be taking legal action against the Chief Secretary. Since I have pages of several files signed by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary with me, let him slap the first case against me,” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “If the LDF government had increased the number of COVID-19 tests, things would not have gone haywire. Every day people are seeing how two cabinet ministers are sitting idle when Pinarayi Vijayan has been resorting to his daily dose of sermons. I had sat on an eight hour dharna in front of the Secretariat for the first time since I became the Opposition leader against the LDF government’s decision to make COVID-19 negative certificates mandatory. Was it due to the dharna that the situation went out of control in Kasaragod, Mattancherry, Poonthura and other coastal areas?” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "The state Police was unable to nab the treasury fraud case accused for the past four days.. He swindled Rs 2 crore meant for Adivasi welfare and is enjoying police protection. It is the same police which helped gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh to leave the state," External link

news18 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "With this gold smuggling case, the current government in the state has tarnished the image of Kerala worldwide," External link

timesofindia Monday, August 3, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala alleged : "With this gold smuggling case, the current government in the state has tarnished the image of Kerala worldwide," External link

news18 Monday, August 3, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “His words raise doubts about this secular credentials,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ) : “Kodiyeri is trying to incite communalism, but it will not have any impact. The public have no doubt about my secular credentials. Kodiyeri should not force me to reveal more about his credentials. He knows well about the various aspects of gold smuggling and its implications. Therefore, he is trying to divert attention,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Wasn''t such an act a blatant disregard of norms? A consultancy raj exists in the state and the government was recklessly appointing consultancies even in minor projects," External link

news18 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The land which rightly belongs to the state government is in the custody of another group now who prevented their entry. Though the government has doubts about its rights on the land, the Congress-led UDF is firm that the land belongs to the government," External link

news18 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "as desired by the Chief Minister," External link

thehindu Friday, July 24, 2020 6:02:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "as desired by the Chief Minister," External link

Hindu Friday, July 24, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This is the last chance for the CM to resign gracefully. He cannot be adamant about not resigning from office. The allies in the LDF are yet to express their opinion about the gold smuggling case though they are answerable to the public," External link

newindianexpress Friday, July 24, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The speaker had decided to convene the session when there was a triple lockdown in the state capital and it was decided to go for a seating arrangement in the assembly in line with the social distancing norms. Now that the speaker himself and the chief minister’s office are caught in the gold smuggling controversy, the government is not willing to face the assembly," External link

timesofindia Friday, July 24, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "We will not go back on our demand for the chief minister's resignation as he has lost the moral right to continue," External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told : "We will not go back on our demand for the chief minister's resignation as he has lost the moral right to continue," External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "This primarily concerns corruption, nepotism and criminalisation of the state administration and gross deviation from the CPI(M)'s proclaimed ideology and code of conduct for party leaders holding public office, a position that has been sharpened over the decades by the numerous party congresses and plenums" External link

news18 Monday, July 20, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The accused have revealed details of their close connections with the CMO. Time is ripe for investigating the role of CMO in the smuggling and even questioning the chief minister himself,” “Reports of close involvement of top bureaucrats at CMO with the key accused in gold smuggling have exposed the inefficiency of the CMO and rampant corruption prevailing there,” External link

timesofindia Monday, July 20, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Time is ripe for investigating the role of CMO in the smuggling case and even questioning the chief minister himself," External link

news18 Sunday, July 19, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The government may defeat the motion by the numbers it has in the House. But it remains our duty, as the opposition, to reflect the growing public distrust against the government. CM Pinarayi Vijayan should take note of the complexity of the maze he has slipped into. He should step down immediately and face CBI inquiry. Officials in IT department under Vijayan have stooped to the level of mafia members,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister is justifying and protecting the accused in the gold-smuggling case. Why is he hesitant to suspend his former secretary Sivasankar who was questioned by the customs for over eight hours in the gold-smuggling case. The CM is still asking why he should suspend Sivasankar,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : “We will move a resolution to remove the Speaker from the post. The Speaker had inaugurated the shop of one of the accused. The Chief Minister is justifying that too,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "The Chief Minister is justifying and protecting the accused in the gold smuggling case. Why is he hesitant to suspend his former secretary Sivasankar who was questioned by the customs for over eight hours in the gold smuggling case. The CM is still asking why he should suspend Sivasankar," External link

news18 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We will move a resolution to remove the Speaker from the post.The Speaker had inaugurated the shop of one of the accused.The chief minister is justifying that too," External link

news18 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “Speculation is rife that Swapna Suresh, masquerading as an official of the government, could have used this as the opportunity to establish relationship with top scientists within and outside the country. It is shocking that a lady who is now the second accused in the anti-national smuggling case with criminal antecedents and facing allegations has been chosen as the programme coordinator for an event involving top space scientists in the country,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “If he doesn’t know what happened in his own department, he should quit. It’s clear that CM and government are trying hard to save the culprits in the smuggling case. How come NIA sleuths swooped in and took into custody the accused persons in 24 hours while Kerala police could not trace them for days together,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : “Speculation is rife that Swapna Suresh, masquerading as an official of the government, could have used this as the opportunity to establish relationship with top scientists within and outside the country. It is shocking that a lady who is now the second accused in the anti-national smuggling case with criminal antecedents and facing allegations has been chosen as the programme coordinator for an event involving top space scientists in the country,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “If he doesn’t know what happened in his own department, he should quit. It’s clear that CM and government are trying hard to save the culprits in the smuggling case. How come NIA sleuths swooped in and took into custody the accused persons in 24 hours while Kerala police could not trace them for days together,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala told ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister was forced to remove the officer from the post of his principal secretary following the emergence of some telling evidence of his links with Swapna,” External link

financialexpress Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "The chief minister was forced to remove the officer from the post of his principal secretary following the emergence of some telling evidence of his links with Swapna," "I don't think any state government agency would carry out a free and fair probe into the illegal nexus between mafia and ruling dispensation," External link

news18 Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “Pinarayi Vijayan and the LDF government failed to file a FIR against the culprits behind the gold smuggling case as they wanted to save the tainted former IT secretary M Sivasankar and the second accused, Swapna Suresh. Moreover, by not filing the FIR, the accused, Swapna got the protection against forging of documents and impersonation. There has been a concerted effort from the government to protect the culprits,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : “The Opposition had always held protests against the LDF government keeping in mind the safety protocols of COVID-19. If there had been a lapse from our side, we had corrected our party workers. Pinarayi is not going to walk away from the gold smuggling case by putting the blame on the spurt in the COVID-19 on us. As Opposition, we will fight against the LDF government on the gold smuggling case with safety protocols in place,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Our demand is that Sivasankar should be questioned to know about the deals he has made with the gang and also his involvement in the controversial appointments in IT department,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Swapna, accused in many criminal cases, was the operations manager of Space Conclave 2020, conducted by the state government with Isro and mandates the highest level of confidentiality. Her posting at Space Park needs to be probed. The gold smuggling case has international ramifications,” External link

economictimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:01:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Whenever any corruption charges and issues were raised by the opposition, including that of Sprinklr deal and Bevco app, CM was shielding this IAS official,” External link

india Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala wrote : "I write this with utmost concern at the misuse of diplomatic immunity of UAE consulate by International gold smuggling cartels, with the collusion of officials working under govt of Kerala. I solicit your immediate intervention to investigate this nefarious act," External link

haberler-en Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asserted : "The main accused has been appointed by the govt of Kerala disregarding reports of state intelligence against her, this proves her deep-rooted links with the power centers," External link

haberler-en Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “If the Chief Minister doesn’t have anything to hide on the gold smuggling case, then why is he shying away from ordering a CBI probe? I have written a letter to Prime Minister Modi seeking a CBI and Enforcement probe. LDF leaders including the CPM ministers, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan and AKG centre have close ties with Swapna Suresh. Only a CBI probe will bring out the actual truth behind the gold smuggling case” External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Nobody expelled them. That was clearly mentioned when the UDF convener spoke to media the other day,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Kerala Congress is an essential part of the UDF and they have been with the front for over four decades. Following the death of K M Mani, the party split and the UDF tried to bring them together. When that was found impossible, it was decided to treat them as two parties,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : “The replies of the chief minister don’t stand ground and are aimed to whitewash PwC. Though it is true that PwC had been empanelled by National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI), the standard operating procedures of NICSI says that only they (NICSI) can assign work to the consultant. Now the question is, who empowered the chief minister to decide that an empanelled company could be given work without tender?” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Sree Narayana Guru ) : “It is a victory of the people. There were many protests against the decision led by various organizations, inluding Sree Narayana movements and KPCC OBC cell,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Vijayan has no right to give the contract, when the state cabinet had no clue. Wish to know if the State Transport Minister ever knew of this. Moreover, this was given after questions were raised by former Law Commission chairman A.P. Shah, on why he (Vijayan) was handing over fresh contracts to PwC. Vijayan has to answer these," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Pinarai Vijayan ) : "All the prescribed protocols of awarding contract after inviting tender were not adhered to by Vijayan. Fail to understand how a Communist leader like Vijayan can give a contract to a company like PwC, when their ideology is against it. What's Vijayan's interest in this deal? Once Vijayan answers these questions, I will come out with more details," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala asked : "The people of Kerala are interested to know if your party maintains the same policy now?" "As CPI(M) is ruling Kerala, your party has the obligation to maintain the unity, sovereignty and integrity of India.You have a responsibility to make public your stand in the issue of Chinese incursions. The unwillingness of both you and the CPI(M) to recant your policy of blind support to China is a grave injustice to the country," External link

news18 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “Of the 21 states with over one crore population, Kerala stands 12th in terms of tests. For 100,000 population, only 520 tests are being conducted. Tamil Nadu conducts 30,000 tests, Andhra Pradesh 17,000 and Karnataka 10,000,” External link

india Sunday, June 21, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We have done a lot of work for which we never seek publicity," External link

timesofindia Sunday, June 21, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “According to the latest report 228 Keralites died abroad. Many of these lives could have been saved if the Centre and state took a proactive stand in the early days of pandemic,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "We demand the Vande Bharat mission protocol to be followed while bringing back the expats. However, the health minister is stating otherwise. The voluntary organisations are helping those who are unable to purchase a ticket. It's not fair asking them to conduct a Covid-19 test," External link

timesofindia Sunday, June 14, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “There was no such stipulation for those returning by flights of the Vande Bharat mission and the decision is likely to cause immense hardships” External link

india Sunday, June 14, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “This new guideline is not applicable to those coming on Vande Bharat flights. It’s sad that those coming on chartered flights are those who do not have any money and now with this new direction they will have to spend from their pocket. This is totally unacceptable and this irresponsible order should be withdrawn,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : “What’s even more surprising is that the Covid negative certificate should not be older than 48 hours before the flight departs. We fail to understand the logic; what actually needs to be done is, there should be a pre-departure health check-up. And once they arrive, they should be asked to follow the isolation/quarantine norms. This somersault is not acceptable at all,” External link

gulf-times Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "There was no such stipulation for those returning by flights of the Vande Bharat mission and the decision is likely to cause immense hardships" External link

news18 Saturday, June 13, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “It is like closing the windows to the pandemic and leaving the main door open,” External link

Hindu Monday, June 8, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : "Soon after this flying visit, the Pathanamthitta district authorities came out with an order giving the rights of removing this precious sand to the Kannur based state-owned Kerala Clays and Ceramics Products," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala added : "We wish to know if a sand audit was conducted and also was the environmentalist consulted. My question is -- what are they going to do with the sand and if there are other 'players' involved in it? Today everything is happening under the guise of Covid, without taking into account even the concerned departments. We are questioning why this is now being done as this sand was lying there for two years. We want to hear from the government and then I will reveal more," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said ( about Chief Minister ) : "What is intriguing is neither the forest nor revenue department is aware of what happened. This place is where the Forest Act is in vogue and the Revenue department is responsible for the sand. I read in the media that State Forest Minister K. Raju had no clue on this. This particular company has no expertise or has not done anything conclusive till now. This company is chaired by a top level CPI-M party official from Kannur," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Ramesh Chennithala said : “The chaos and confusion over liquor sale has ratified the opposition’s allegations over the BevQ scam. Despite these issues, the meeting chaired by the excise minister decided not to withdraw the app, as they want to cover up the huge corruption,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:29:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader10.22%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
senior congress leader0.13%EN10/05/201705/10/2017
home minister52.36%EN09/28/201728/09/2017
minister4.34%EN09/28/201728/09/2017
former industries minister0.51%EN09/20/201720/09/2017
chief1.66%EN09/12/201712/09/2017
governor0.13%EN03/03/201703/03/2017
former home minister1.40%EN02/15/201715/02/2017
chief secretary0.51%EN02/15/201715/02/2017
chairman0.51%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
legislature party leader0.26%EN01/04/201704/01/2017
opposition congress leader0.13%EN08/06/201606/08/2016
state home minister1.40%EN07/21/201621/07/2016
ancien ministre de l’ intérieur0.13%FR07/19/201619/07/2016
député0.13%FR07/19/201619/07/2016
president18.01%EN02/23/201523/02/2015
minister for home1.28%EN02/01/201501/02/2015
home minister3.32%SA09/10/201410/09/2014
kerala pradesh congress committee president3.58%EN11/20/201320/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Ramesh ChennithalaEN86.31%
Ramesh ChennithalaEU13.25%
Ramesh ChennithalaSA0.33%
Ramesh ChennithalaFR0.11%


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Oommen Chandy added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “The government is trying to divert attention from various controversies surrounding it. It is also aimed at targeting Mr. Chennithala, who had been exposing many wrong-doings of the government,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Biju Ramesh said ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “When I was set to give a statement under CrPC Section 164, Chennithala’s wife pleaded not to create trouble for her husband. After that, Ramesh called and requested me not to reveal his name while giving my statement and I did not mention his name. He was the home minister then,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Pinarai Vijayan said ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “The copy of the MoU between LIFE Mission and Red Crescent has been given to whoever had asked for it through Right to Information (RTI) application. However, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had demanded that the documents pertaining to the LIFE Mission Wadakkanchery scheme should be publicised. The government is ready for any probe on this. There will not be any lapses from the government’s side to provide the details of the MoU to Chennithala,” External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Let the central agencies probe everything related to the case. Chennithala should hand over to the investigating agencies if there is any evidence in his possession,” External link

financialexpress Friday, September 4, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wrote ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Ramesh Chennithala wears the cap of RSS better than any of its worker. Whatever BJP’s state president tells against Pinarayi government, will be repeated by Chennithala before the end of the day. Chennithala has become the Sarsanghchalak of RSS within Congress. He is the heartbeat of RSS,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT