Staff Reporter

CPI(M) accused of suppressing popular movements

Wayanad excluded from purview of support CPI(M) did not extend support to Adivasis' movement for land: Geethanandan `UDF provided concessions to fishing community'

KOCHI: The Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha, Rashtriya Mahasabha, Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, Farmers' Relief Forum, INFAM and Kerala Swathanthra Cherukida Vyapari Samithy will back the United Democratic Front in the coming elections to the State Assembly.

However, they have excluded the Wayanad district from the purview of this support.

Lal Koilparampil of the Matsya Thozhilali Federation, M. Geethanandan of the Rashtriya Mahasabha, V. D. Majeendran of the Vyapari Samithy and its general secretary T.A. Abdul Kalam and Josekutty Ozhukayil of Malanadu Karshaka Rakshasamithy told reporters at a press conference that they had decided to back the UDF in view of the suppression of popular movements by the Left Front, led by CPI (M).

Mr. Geethanandan said the CPI(M) had not extended any support to the Adivasi movement for land while the UDF had conceded the Adivasi demand for resettlement.

He said the recent decision Aralam farm was an example of this.

He said the Adivasi-farmers combine was se4t to make great strides in three constituencies in Wayanad district.

Mr. Koilparampil said the concessions enjoyed by the fishing community, including subsidy on kerosene, were due to initiatives taken by the UDF Government.

He said that although the LDF Government was responsible for introducing the ban on trawling during the monsoon season, there were still several disputes in this regard.

Mr. Majeendran said the Left Democratic Front had never backed the interests of the small and petty traders. The UDF, on the other hand, he said, had agreed to protect the interests of the group.