Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala has alleged that the State government is hounding out the managements of minority institutions and trying to create problems in the higher education sector.

In a statement here on Thursday, he said the CPI(M)-controlled University of Calicut syndicate decision to cancel the affiliation of four Christian management medical colleges was a continuation of this stand. He protested against the university authorities’ attempts to harass the managements of the institutions by deliberately delaying the sanctioning of teaching posts and release of hall-tickets for the varsity examinations.

He said the CPI(M) action was the outcome of the serious setback it received in the recent Lok Sabha polls and its assessment that the defeat was because of the political positions taken by certain social organisations.

Police action flayed

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy on Thursday protested against the “partisan action” of the police in relation to booking the accused CPI (M) leaders who attacked marchers belonging to the Achuthanandan faction in Ambalapuzha receantly.

In a statement here, Mr. Chandy said the police had filed cases against INTUC workers to make it look as if the Congress had a role in the protest marches. Listing out the names of the CPI(M) leaders who were involved in the attack and who had been protected by the police, Mr. Chandy said the police action was an embarrassment to the government.