KERALA

Poojary criticises Chief Minister for Delhi stir

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: AICC coordinator for Kerala Janardhana Poojary on Thursday criticised Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and his Cabinet colleagues for staging a demonstration in Delhi flouting constitutional norms.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Poojary blamed the State government for the steep increase in prices and tariffs of various utilities. He maintained that it was the primary responsibility of the State government to tackle price rise.

The Central government had limitations in a federal system and had taken certain measures within this, but the State government had done nothing to tackle price rise.

The State government had failed to submit proposals in connection with the Rs.1,400-crore Kuttanad farm package.

He accused the government of diverting funds made available under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

He also put blamed the State government for failing to effectively probe into the terrorist links reported from the State.

In reply to a question on former AICC general secretary Margaret Alva’s allegations on purchase of Assembly seats, Mr. Poojary said such charges were made even in local panchayat elections. He expressed satisfaction at the coordination between the KPCC president and the Congress Legislature Party leader and was confident that the UDF would be able to put up a better performance in the Lok Sabha election.

To a question on NCP leader Mr. Muraleedharan’s possibility of joining the Congress, Mr. Poojary said: “Let him open up. The High Command would take an appropriate decision on it.”

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