Special Correspondent

KANNUR: The anti-Centre agitation by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and his Cabinet colleagues in New Delhi failed to serve any purpose, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has said.

It was an attempt to cover up the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government’s debacles, he said.

Terming the anti-Centre agitation a ‘damp squib,’ Mr. Chennithala told reporters here on Monday that the dharna in front of the Parliament building had even failed to draw public attention. He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had been positive to all the demands of the State except the demand for a Railway zone, he said.

The UPA government had sanctioned projects with a total outlay of Rs.31,300 crore in addition to various Centre-sponsored schemes, he added. Mr. Chennithala said the State government had failed to make use of schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP). The State government could only utilise 10 per cent of the NREGP funds, he said.

Instead of acknowledging the State government’s ‘failure,’ the Chief Minister was staging a ‘drama,’ he added. The United Democratic Front (UDF) would organise ‘Janakeeya Sadassu’ (people’s gathering) in all district headquarters on November 1 to highlight the LDF government’s ‘inefficiency.’

It would also read out a charge sheet against the LDF government in all Assembly constituencies, he added. The KPCC president said the Congress was in favour of all secular forces to defeat the BJP in the next Parliament election.

Mr. Chennithala said the law and order situation in the State worse. To a question, he said the UDF had always opposed communal forces such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the National Development Front (NDF). It was the LDF which had sought the support of the NDF and the Jamaat-e-Islami in the last Assembly elections, he said.