Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretariat member G.N. Nagaraj on Tuesday said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar should dissolve the Assembly and seek a fresh mandate from people as political instability was haunting the State government.

He told journalists here on Tuesday that political system had collapsed in the State following the tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP).

“Political instability is affecting development activities,” the CPI(M) leader said.

Criticising the Food Security Bill proposed by the Union government, he suggested to the Centre to bring in a “Bill that will benefit all sections of people.”

He criticised the Centre’s move to transfer cash to the bank accounts of PDS beneficiaries in lieu of foodgrains under the proposed food security Bill. “This will decentralise the procurement of foodgrains apart from collapsing the public distribution system,” he said. The government should supply ragi and other grains through PDS along with rice and wheat, he added.

The CPI(M) has launched a signature campaign to prevail upon the Centre to extend food security to all citizens by arranging to supply foodgrains through PDS so as to also check the rising prices of essential commodities, he said. The party aims to collect at least 5 crore signatures.

The State government should initiate measures to stop practices such as ‘made snana’ and ‘pankthi bedha’. . CPI(M) district secretary, Mandya, M. Puttamadu, and leaders such as G. Ramakrishna, C. Kumari, T.L. Krishne Gowda and T. Yeshwant were present.

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