Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Coming down heavily on the alleged sway of capitalist forces over the country, Janata Dal (Secular) State president M.P. Veerendrakumar, MP, has warned that revolutionaries like Maoists should not be viewed as anti-social, but as fighters against capitalism who thrive in areas where political parties failed in their duties.

Speaking at a meeting of State-level office bearers, district presidents and Legislative members of the party here on Tuesday, Mr. Veerendrakumar said the face of capitalism in the country was turning out to be much more treacherous than expected. Along with denying social justice, capitalist and monopolist forces were destroying the retail sector and posing obstacles to decentralisation of power and money.

Stating that the Janata Dal (S) had never compromised on its ideals on secularism, social justice and democracy, Mr. Veerendrakumar said the best example for this was the party’s stand against H.D. Devegowda when he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to promote his son. Also hitting out at mineral water companies, particularly Coca Cola, the former Union Minister of State said the party would continue to fight for its ideals, no matter whether victory was possible or not.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting which welcomed into its fold Congress dissident P.G. Sugunan and his followers, JD (S) general secretary Varghese George said the party would hold zonal conferences in Palakkad, Thalassery and Kayamkulam in February while a mass rally led by former Prime Minister V.P. Singh would be organised in Kozhikode on January 25.

Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas, along with K.P. Mohanan and Jose Thettayil, MLAs, were present.