KERALA

Antony has not sought MPs' help: JD(S) chief

KANNUR, AUG. 1. The Janata Dal(Secular) State president, M.P. Veerendrakumar, MP, has said that the State Government is giving priority to mega projects such as the Express Highway that will ``benefit the affluent and leave the poor as their victims''.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme of the Press Club here today, Mr. Veerendrakumar accused the State Government of having failed to raise before the Central Government the State's vital issues, including the crisis in the agriculture sector. He dismissed as baseless the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony's remark that the MPs from the State were not cooperating with the Government in raising the issues concerning the State. The Chief Minister had not sought the cooperation of the MPs in the first place, he said adding that the July 2 meeting that Mr. Antony had convened in New Delhi was just to inform them of his discussion with the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on the issues. Most of the MPs from the State were not informed of the visit of the three Ministers in New Delhi, he added.

``The UDF Government has no cohesion or coordination. It is a conclave of 20 Governments and the Chief Minister is the MD (managing director) of a big conglomeration,'' he said.

The Janata Dal(S) leader said the LDF MPs had missed no chance to raise in Parliament issues such as the crisis in the agriculture sector. Mr. Antony should point out the issues that were not raised by the MPs in Parliament.

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