Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala alleged here on Friday that the State Government and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had adopted confrontationist positions against minority communities in the education sector.

In a statement here, Mr. Chennithala said that since coming to power, the CPI(M) and the Education Department had taken strong positions against the minorities, particularly the Christian community. The CPI(M) had not disowned the violent actions of its students’ and youth organisations and their threats against educational institutions run by the Church.

“Unless the Government and the CPI(M) amend their rigid positions against religious minorities in the education sector, the demand that the Church leaders come forward for talks is hollow,” Mr. Chennithala said.

The agreements signed by the Government with self-financing professional colleges attested to the fact that its decision in this sector had been impractical.

In recent days, Government-aided institutions in the general education sector had expressed apprehensions about the Government policy, particularly in relation to the decision to empower the local bodies to exercise control over such institutions.