Court remarks meaningful: Chandy

Staff Reporter
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Alleges that CPI(M) and the State government are patronising the land lobby

The remarks made by the Kerala High Court on the sorry state of affairs of the State government are meaningful, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has said.

He was addressing a State leadership training camp of the Karshaka Congress at Charalkunnu, near Kozhencherry, on Saturday.

He alleged that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) as well as the government had been patronising the “land lobby” engaged in illegal conversion of paddy fields, wetlands and other low-lying areas for establishing commercial complexes in different parts of the State Mr. Chandy alleged that the Left Democratic Front government was keen on issuing the excess land identified in different parts of the State to the land lobby and not to the tribal people and other landless people.

“Land has become a weakness of the CPI(M) and the State's farm sector has been the worst-hit under the LDF rule,” he alleged.

No ties

Staff Reporter writes from Kochi:

Mr. Chandy has said the United Democratic Front (UDF) would not enter into any alliance with terrorist outfits for the sake of votes.

Delivering the inaugural address at the anti-terrorism meeting organised by the Congress at the Collectorate Junction on Saturday, Mr. Chandy said the CPI(M) had done this in the past.

Mr. Chandy blamed the government for the incident in which the palm of a teacher of Newman College, Thodupuzha, was chopped off by assailants. Going by the statements of the accused in police custody, there were similar attempts against the teacher earlier, he said.

The relatives of the teacher had complained to the police then. If the government took precautions, the disturbances could have been averted. He, however, found the police investigation into the incident satisfactory. He said he did not agree with the activities of the Popular Front of India (PFI). K. Babu, MLA, presided. Mr. Chandy gave away the Chowara Parameswaran Award instituted by the Kerala Press Academy.

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