KERALA

Hike grain allocation, says Pinarayi

Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the Centre should increase food grain allocations for the State in view of the decline in paddy production.

Addressing a 51-hour agitation organised by Kerala Karshaka Sanghom (KKS) workers in front of the head post office here on Saturday, Mr. Vijayan said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s accusation against the State government was not befitting her position as chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Mr. Vijayan said that she should have examined what the UPA government had done for the State government.

Observing that the food sector needed maximum assistance from the Centre, the CPI(M) leader said that the UPA government was not prepared to offer the assistance.

The Congress-led UPA government would face serious setback if the people in the State were left to starve, he said. CPI(M) leaders P. Sasi, O.V. Narayanan, K.M. Joseph and K.K. Ragesh were present. The agitation would conclude on Sunday.