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Proposals to be sent to Centre

CPI(M)-CPI stand-off resolved at bilateral meeting

LDF stir against Centre’s policies on October 17

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The stand-off between the CPI(M) and the CPI over the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) proposal was resolved at a very brief bilateral discussion after the LDF State committee meeting here on Monday with the latter accepting the CPI(M) stand that the government should refer the 10 SEZ proposals pending with it to the Centre after adopting a policy on SEZs by the Cabinet.

Contrary to expectations, the matter did not figure in the meeting of the LDF committee and was taken up bilaterally by the CPI(M) and the CPI after the meeting dispersed. The meeting was brief, as CPI(M) leaders pointed out the need to refer the pending proposals to the Centre before expiry of the deadline for their reference on Tuesday.

The CPI leadership still claimed that there was an understanding on a specific legislation relating to SEZs, but LDF convener Vaikom Viswan was categoric that such a law was not under the consideration of the LDF for the time being. “We will consider the need for such a law on the basis of experience in the days to come,” he said. On CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan’s observation that he might have failed to mention about the law at his last briefing owing to lapse in memory, Mr. Viswan said he had so far not had any such problem.

The LDF convener said the Front had decided to launch a campaign against the Centre’s “discriminatory attitude” towards Kerala in matters such as the State’s ration and electricity quota and its refusal to include Idukki in the agricultural package announced by it. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan would lead Ministers, MLAs and MPs from the State on a march to Parliament on the opening day of its session on October 17. Demonstrations would be organised at all district headquarters on the day.

He said the LDF panel had decided to hold a discussion on the proposal for setting up a veterinary university in the State and that for amending the laws relating to ecologically fragile lands at its next meeting. The committee would also take up the demand for prompt recruitment from the PSC rank-lists at the next meeting to be held on November 1.