‘Law and order deteriorating in State’

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the cracks that have appeared in the unity of the UDF has pushed back development in the State.

Inaugurating the public meeting organised here on Monday in connection with the district conference of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Mr. Balakrishnan said that the adverse conditions for development was confirmed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony in his recent remarks that were made at Thiruvananthapuram.

“Although a section of the media has now claimed that the issue has died down, it is worth noting that Mr. Antony later refused to retract any of his controversial statements. Furthermore, the IUML has criticised Mr. Antony through an article to which KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has not reacted. The UDF government must accept the fact that there existed several obstacles to the State’s progress unlike what had been the scenario during the previous LDF rule,” he said.

Mr. Balakrishnan pointed out that there was increasing evidence of rifts within the UDF ever since the Cabinet reshuffle had taken place within the UPA government at the Centre.

“Both the IUML and the Kerala Congress (M) were denied Cabinet berths and this had compelled the parties to adopt an aggressive stance against the Congress,” he said. The former Minister for Home also expressed concern over, what he termed, the deteriorating law and situation in the State.

Citing the recent instances of Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai and KPCC general secretary K. Sudhakaran, MP, engaging in confrontations with the police, Mr. Balakrishnan remarked that political leaders were increasingly arm-twisting the members of the police force for attaining their personal interests.