KERALA

Backtracking on Munnar disappointing: Sudheeran

SOUNDING A WARNING: Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran addressing a discussion on the significance of the ongoing evictions in Munnar in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. —

SOUNDING A WARNING: Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran addressing a discussion on the significance of the ongoing evictions in Munnar in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. —  

Special Correspondent

Hopes that VS will take the drive to its ‘logical conclusion’

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran has said that the latest developments relating to the eviction of encroachers from public land in Munnar have served only to disappoint the people of the State.

Participating in a discussion on the significance of the Munnar operation, organised by a public interest protection group called ‘Kerala Watch’ here on Wednesday, Mr. Sudheeran said he could name no other development in the recent history that had raised such high expectations among the people of the State. “At the first opportunity after the eviction drive began, I had publicly supported the Achuthanandan Government’s initiative. The Opposition parties, including the Congress, had announced their support for the initiative,” he said.

Unfortunately, discordant notes soon began to come from within the Government and the Left Democratic Front themselves. In fact, it was the demolition of the illegal structure attached to the CPI office in Munnar that actually drove home to the people of the State the credibility of the Government’s intentions. The controversy over this incident and the backtracking done by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan “due to various compulsions” have dimmed the sheen of the eviction drive, he said.

He hoped that this “backtracking” was but a tactical retreat and the Chief Minister would be able to take the ongoing drive to its logical conclusion.



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