Kottayam, Aug 23: M.M. Hassan, President of the Congress party in Kerala, on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into what he said was the indiscriminate opening of sluice gates of dams across the state leading to devastating floods. On Wednesday, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala had accused the Kerala government of being careless and said the flood tragedy, the worst in nearly a century, was man-made.
“Chennithala was only making a point that in future there should be a proper management policy for all this. Now, even people in the state are saying there was no proper management of the dam waters. So the government should order a judicial probe,” said Hassan. Kerala has 82 dams, of which 42 are major ones. Senior Congress legislator and former Idukki Lok Sabha member P.T. Thomas said the greed of Power Minister M.M. Mani to generate electricity and sell it was responsible for the tragedy. Mani dismissed the charges as baseless. (IANS)