Corruption of Ministers, regular price hikes, and poverty have driven the common man to even slapping people's representatives, Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has said.

He was inaugurating a meeting held here on Friday to remember the DYFI activists killed in a police firing on November 25, 1994.

Referring to the recent bout of farmer suicides, the Opposition leader said the government had overburdened farmers, and time would not be far off when  small industrialists and traders would also be forced to resort to such extreme steps because of the exorbitant interest rates on loans. Though the Left Democratic Front government had initiated welfare measures for the people, the present dispensation is bent on routing them.

It is in this connection that traders and industrialists have called for a State-wide strike on November 29, he added.

Mr. Achuthanandan asked why the Oommen Chandy government was reluctant to institute an inquiry into the Koothuparamba police firing when his own party leader K. Sudhakaran, MP, had demanded the same.

Political pressure

Accusing the State government of interfering in the palmolein case, he alleged that the Vigilance judge concerned had recused himself from hearing the case owing to political pressure.

Regarding the 2G spectrum scam, Mr Acuthanandan said that despite repeated pleas to the Prime Minister, the case was not taken up until the Supreme Court showed the courage to put the guilty behind the bars.

It is important to read Karl Marx against the backdrop of growing outbursts against capitalists around the world, Mr Achuthanadan said adding that the one per cent, as articulated by Wall Street protestors, will have to bow to the pressure of the 99 per cent.

CPI(M) Kannur district secretary P. Jayarajan and M. Surendran, chairman, reception committee, were present.

  • Says government has overburdened farmers
  • Sees high interest rates affecting traders too