Communist Party of India State unit secretary Pannian Ravindran on Sunday deplored Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s stand on the ongoing strike of government employees and teachers’ organisations, accusing him of “dictatorial tendencies and arrogance.”

Replying to questions at a press conference here, Mr. Ravindran said that the Left Democratic Front would withdraw the contributory pension scheme once it returned to power. Instead of inviting the leaders of striking organisations for talks, the government was using the police machinery to suppress the agitation.

The CPI secretary did not see anything wrong in his party admitting political workers from other Left parties. The UDF was a divided house, he said, adding that the LDF would take an appropriate decision if any coalition partner were to quit the ruling front.

Regarding talks held by AITUC general secretary Kanam Rajendran with Communist Marxist Party leader M.V. Raghavan, Mr. Ravindran said his party had not taken any official stand on the issue. Neither had it authorised anyone to hold talks.

He also flayed the State Cabinet’s decision to pick up a 10 per cent stake in the controversial Aranmula airport project. He said the State government’s participation in the project was inappropriate because of court cases with regard to illegal conversion of land. He said his party was also opposed to the direct cash transfer of subsidy.

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