Staff Reporter

Antony to inaugurate three-day district conference

50,000 Congress workers to hold rally on May 3

Mukul Wasnik to open youth meet

ALAPPUZHA: Defence Minister A.K. Antony will inaugurate the three-day Alappuzha District Conference of the Indian National Congress at the Municipal Grounds here on May 3.Addressing a press conference here on Monday, District Congress Committee president A. A. Shukoor said the conference would be held at two venues, the Rajiv Gandhi Nagar that would come up on the Municipal Grounds and the Thachadi Prabhakaran Nagar (Kalyani Auditorium).

On May 3, a rally with over 50,000 Congress workers would begin at 4 p.m. from the Kalarkode S. D. College premises and culminate in the inaugural meeting at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala and others would be present at the inauguration.

On May 4, All India Congress Committee general secretary and Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Mukul Wasnik will inaugurate a student-youth conference at 10 a.m.

The Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury will inaugurate the Mahila Congress conference at 2.30 p.m. the same day.

The delegates’ session of the conference would be inaugurated by Mr. Chennithala at 10 a.m. on May 5 while Mr. Chandy would inaugurate the valedictory session of the event at 2.30 p.m. the same day.

The district conference, Mr. Shukoor said, was being organised at a time when the political scenario in Alappuzha was caught in a multi-level turmoil.

The spiralling prices of essential goods, the deficiencies in rehabilitation programmes using tsunami funds, the agrarian crisis in Kuttanad, the “political interference” of the CPI(M) in the coir sector and the continuing threat of hired killer gangs would be among topics discussed during the three-day conference.

‘Failure of government’

The suicide of four farmers, a first in the perennially troubled paddy sector of Kuttanad and the “failure” of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in rising up to the expectations of the public in Alappuzha in spite of the district having three representatives in the Cabinet — Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan; Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac; and Coir, Devaswom and Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran — would be right on top of the discussion agenda for the entire meeting, Mr. Shukoor said.