Holding Chief Minister Oommen Chandy responsible for “the escalation of communal sentiments on the political scene” in the State, the Indian National League (INL) has demanded the resignation of the United Democratic Front government “to prevent the State's social scene from getting vitiated any further.”

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, Ahamed Devarkoil, State acting president, and A.P. Abdul Wahab, State general secretary, of the party said that by “changing its Home Minister to balance communal equations after giving the fifth ministerial berth to the Indian Union Muslim League, the UDF government had lost all its secular character” and so should resign.

Harmful game

The INL leaders said that Mr. Chandy's political games were fraught with dangerous social consequences and said that these would cause irreparable harm to the State's social fabric.

Order on Haj hailed

The INL leaders welcomed the Supreme Court order calling for an end to the practice of sending special groups of “Prime Minister's friends” on Haj pilgrimage at government expense.

“Such practices were nothing more than extravagant exercises that were against the sanctity of Haj pilgrimage,” Mr. Devarkoil said.

The INL leadership demanded to restore the full quota of kerosene supplied through the ration shops in the wake of the power cuts introduced in the State.

Founder's day

The INL would celebrate its founder's day on April 23, and observe the death anniversary of party leader Ibrahim Sulaiman Sait on April 27.

INL's national council would meet in Kozhikode for three days from May 9. (INL has been remaining as an independent party though some of its leaders had joined IUML and the National Secular Conference, floated by P.T.A. Rahim, MLA)

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