Community organisations and religious outfits will have to intervene in politics in the current scenario, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan has said.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Contemporary politics and Kerala’s development’ organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, Mr. Natesan said that the onus for creating such a situation was on the political parties which have been using them for their benefit. Party leaders overtly and covertly seek the blessings and patronage of such outfits and ignore them after coming to power.

None can make a dent in the ties between the NSS and SNDP. The unity was not founded on a political agenda and there were no intentions to float a party either. The organisations will take up common issues together. The ultimate aim was to form an umbrella of all sections from Adivasis to Namboodiris, he said.

Referring to a recent article on NSS general secretary Sukumaran Nair which appeared in the IUML organ ‘Chandrika,’ Mr.Natesan said that senior leaders and the newspaper itself had apologised for publishing the article. The apology might be part of the IUML strategy, but still it was welcome, he said.

The UDF government was caught in an internal strife and so far has not got time for meaningful governance. It was continuing in power with the support of the Opposition LDF which was also ridden with dissensions.

Discussions about portfolios changes and the disputes over inducting new Ministers have affected governance, he said.

If KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala wished to join the Cabinet, he could have become part of it during the formation. The demand for the first or second position in the Cabinet made no sense. What matters is the performance, he said.

The SN Trust has not got its due in the education sector from the government for the past 45 years. Of late, the trust had applied for 12 self-financing colleges and it is likely to be cleared, he said.