KERALA

NCP to launch stir against price rise

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Nationalist Congress Party State president K. Muraleedharan on Saturday said Minister for Local Administration Paloli Mohammed Kutty need not resign now as the High Court had only sought his personal explanation in a contempt of court case against him.

Replying to questions at a press conference here, Mr. Muraleedharan said the Minister would have no option but to resign if the High Court found him guilty of contempt of court. Mr. Muraleedharan also lashed out at Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who, he said, was primarily to be blamed for the Government's inefficiency as he was at the helm of affairs. There might be problems in their party, but the responsibility in administration is with the Chief Minister.

Mr. Muraleedharan said Mr. Achuthanandan put the bridle on some of his Ministers.

. The NCP announced its decision to go on an agitation mode against the steep rise in prices, the confusion in the education sector and hordes of other issues. It will hold dharnas in front of 13 Collectorates and the secretariat on February 28.

The NCP's State committee that met here passed three resolutions. The resolution on the Cauveri settlement urged the Government to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the future course of action in view of the adverse recommendations of the tribunal. Kerala had asked for 99 tmc ft, but was allotted only 30 tmc ft. The State did not have any projects to utilise the 30 tmc ft.

The second resolution protested against the bifurcation of the Palakkad railway division and the third resolution wanted the Government to consider the pros and cons before bringing in the legislation on Devaswom Boards.