Staff Reporter

Protest against alleged anti-people policies of State government

KOLLAM: Former KPCC president C.V. Padmarajan said the Left Democratic Front's rule so far has put the State into such a pathetic condition that the people have started asking whether there is a government in the State. He was inaugurating a Collectorate dharna organised by the Kollam DCC in protest against the alleged anti-people policies of the LDF government.

Mr. Padmarajan alleged that the LDF government was a failure on all fronts. Price-rise, deteriorating law and order situation, corruption and police raj together made life miserable for the people. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had become totally isolated from the common man.

He said the CPI(M) leaders were now cultivating a five-star culture. Even though the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre had allocated crores of rupees for development activities in the State, a major portion of that money had gone lapse because of the failure on the part of the State government to utilise it.

Even the rice allocated for the people of the State was sold in the black market by the State government, he alleged. The paradox is that when this was the situation, the LDF was organising anti-Centre agitations to misguide the people. Such agitations have cost the State exchequer an amount of Rs.350 crore, he said.

In addition to price-rise, water and power tariffs were constantly hiked. Mr. Padmarajan wanted the LDF to compare the prices of essential commodities four years ago with the present scenario. He alleged that Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had been converted into a puppet by his party.

If allegations were raised now that Kerala Congress leader P.J. Joseph had been highly corrupt as a minister, why did the LDF leaders maintain total silence till he quit the coalition, asked Mr. Padmarajan.

The dharna was presided over by DCC president Kadavur Sivadasan. Congress leaders K. Suresh Babu, N. Azhakeshan, V. Sathyaseelan, Punalur Madhu, A. Shanavas Khan and Jameela Ibrahim spoke.

‘No commitment'

Staff Reporter writes from Pathanamathitta:

Congress(I) workers laid a day-long seige to the Collectorate here, protesting against the alleged anti-people policies of the Left Democratic Front government, on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the siege, KPCC secretary K.C. Rajan alleged that the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) did not have any commitment to the common masses and that it had miserably failed to check the shooting price graph of essential commodities. P. Mohanraj, District Congress Committee(I) president, presided over the inaugural function.

Adoor Prakash, MLA, Peelipose Thomas, Kodumon G. Gopinathan Nair, AICC(I) members, K.P. Rajalakshmi, District Mahila Congress(I) president, A.Shamsuddin, vice-president, A.Sureshkumar, K.Jeyavarma, Babu George, DCC(I) secretaries, Mathew Kulathumkal, former district panchayat president and Vettoor Jyotiprasad, Congress Seva Dal district chairman, were among those who addressed the function.

Congress(I) workers blocked all the four gates of the collectorate from 5.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., denying entry to the employees as well as the general public to various offices.