KOLLAM: Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC president, has said that the agitation launched by the CPI(M) against the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement will soon turn out to be a damp squib.
Inaugurating a seminar on the trade pact, organised by the District Congress Committee, here on Thursday, Mr. Chennithala said that in order to cover up the failures of the LDF rule, the CPI(M) was spreading canards against the trade agreement. The party was misguiding the farmers and fishermen. The argument that sardines from Thailand and shrimps from Indonesia would flow into the country after implementation of the agreement was baseless, he said.
On nuclear deal
Mr. Chennithala said the CPI(M) had earlier spread falsehood against the GATT and the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal by stating that the country would be sold to the U.S. through such deals. That party had even opposed computerisation. It was because the Congress party was able to overcome such opposition that India was now well-placed in the field of information technology, he said.
The KPCC president said the CPI(M) was blindly opposing the ASEAN agreement. The agreement in fact aimed at solidarity among developing countries for the purpose of strengthening themselves in the international arena. DCC president Kadavur Sivadasan presided. Congress leaders N. Peethambara Kurup, MP; K. Suresh Babu and K.C. Rajan spoke.