The four-month period given by the Centre for implementation of recommendations in the report of the K. Kasturirangan Committee is with an eye on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Communist Party of India (CPI) State unit secretary Pannian Ravindran has said.

Inaugurating a rally organised by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Thiruvananthapuram unit here on Monday as part of the 12-hour hartal called by the front in protest against the report, Mr. Ravindran said the four months were allowed so that the United Democratic Front (UDF) could have enough time to make its moves ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The report and its recommendations were totally against the interests of the State, he said, accusing the Union Ministers and UDF MPs from the State of remaining idle and doing nothing to prevent the implementation of the recommendations. The report had to be withdrawn without delay, he said.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] district unit secretary Kadakampally Surendran presided over the inauguration of the rally in front of the Secretariat. CPI(M) leader and former Minister M. Vijayakumar; former Ministers Kadannappally Ramachandran and V. Surendran Pillai; V. Sivankutty, MLA; LDF district unit convener V. Gangadharan Nadar; and others were also part of the rally taken out from the Martyrs’ Square at Palayam.