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`Left Democratic Front failed to tackle farmers' problems'

  • Demand to hold time-bound inquiry into custodial deaths:
  • Demands steps to control price rise
  • Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Wednesday criticised the LDF Government for its failure to tackle farmers' suicides.

    Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the party executive here, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala expressed concern at the increasing number of suicides by farmers. He said the Government failed to tackle the issue effectively.

    On the impasse in admissions to self-financing professional colleges, Mr. Chennithala said Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy had submitted a formula to the Government to bring an end to the impasse in the admissions. If the Government accepted the formula without hanging on prestige, the entire issue could be settled amicably, he said. The KPCC executive condemned the Government for the delay in framing the terms of reference on the judicial probe into the custodial and other related deaths involving the police. It demanded a time bound inquiry into the incidents.

    Mr. Chennithala said the KPCC executive demanded effective steps to tackle the unprecedented rise in prices during Onam season. Expressing concern at the free flow of illicit spirit from across the border, Mr. Chennithala said the KPCC suspected illicit ties between the local CPI(M) leadership and the liquor lobby.

    The KPCC criticised the LDF for launching an anti-Centre campaign and decided to launch a counter campaign at the district, block and mandalam levels focusing on the achievements of the Manmohan Singh Government.

    It condemned the CPI(M)-led Left parties for their attempt to destabilise the UPA Government at the Centre.

    "Attempts to weaken the Manmohan Singh Government would only serve to help communal forces,'' the KPCC said in a resolution.

    The meet expressed concern at the LDF Government's attempts to derail the Health Insurance Scheme introduced by the Oommen Chandy Government. Discontinuation of the scheme would affect the weaker sections of society. The Congress would hold dharnas in front of the panchayat offices on October 23. Mr. Chennithala said the police should take effective steps to tackle the constant attack by CPI(M) cadres against Congress workers in Kannur.