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Government failed to address people's issues: Chennithala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday alleged that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had failed to address the burning issues affecting the people of Kerala and that the situation could have been worse but for the Central government's Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Mr. Chennithala, who led the Congress party's picketing programme in 13 districts by inaugurating the State-level function in Thrissur on Wednesday, said the Chief Minister himself had confessed that his Cabinet colleagues were tainted. The government's decision to impose high tariffs and fares for various services had only served to add to the misery of the people who were battling the price rise.

According to an official statement of the KPCC, more than three lakh activists participated in the picketing held in front of 13 district collectorates in the State organised by the party against the anti-people policies of the LDF government. The picketing programme was the second phase of the agitation programme the Congress had announced.

C.V. Padmarajan, former KPCC president, inaugurated the programme in Kollam, K C Rajan in Pathanamthitta, Joseph Vazhakkan in Alappuzha, G. Karthikeyan in Idukki, M.M. Hassan in Kottayam, V.M. Sudheeran in Ernakulam, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan in Palakkad, Ajay Tharayil in Malappuram, M.A. Kuttappan in Kozhikode, P. Sankaran in Wayanad, Kodoth Govindan Nair in Kannur and Thalekunnil Basheer in Kasaragod.

Congress activists in Thiruvananthapuram will participate in the picketing to be held in front of the Secretariat on Thursday. The District Congress Committee which is organising the programme has issued directions to party activists not to create difficulties for the common man. The DCC said the picketing programme would be held under the auspices of block and mandalam committees.