Staff Reporter

L. Ganesan expresses concern over GE seeds

MADURAI: The Kerala Government lacks objectivity regarding the Mullaperiyar issue even after expert team's findings and Supreme Court order favouring raising of water level in the dam, according to the State president of Bharatiya Janata Party, L. Ganesan.

Briefing presspersons here on Saturday, he said that Kerala had failed to understand that the farm produce they had been receiving from neighbouring Tamil Nadu were from agricultural lands, which depended on water from Periyar dam.

Under such circumstances, BJP would further strengthen its demands for nationalising of rivers.

Expressing concern over experimentations and use of genetically engineered seeds, he said that the party would launch another `freedom struggle' against this act. Once these seeds come to market, they might put the hapless farmers in a disadvantageous position, since they would harm the fertility of the soil, he said.

He also came down strongly at the proposed stipulation on the groundwater level.

It would be a highly deplorable action, he said and asked how the Government could think of such a proposal when it had no constructive steps to conserve stagnating rainwater at important road junctions.

Drawing attention to the violence-marred local body elections, he said that the party had filed cases against the way in which the polls were conducted and appealed to the ruling party to make amends at least by conducting election to various cooperatives in a fair manner.

The party had launched a nation-wide campaign against anti-terrorism from November 15, which would continue till November 24, he said.

On all those days, the party would conduct in-house meetings at sensitive places to make the public aware of terrorism and violence and on November 22, the party cadres would march towards Parliament in support of the campaign.

On sealing of business establishments in New Delhi, he said that the party would support any move by the Union Government to resolve the issue amicably.

Stir from December 7

Pointing out the increase in prices of essential commodities, he said that the party would stage demonstrations all over the State from December 7 to 15 in protest against rise in prices.

On Sri Lanka issue, he said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam should try to unite all Tamil organisations to gain the support and confidence of the world community.