KERALA

`Karunakaran has offered to cooperate'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Oct. 5. The KPCC president, K. Muraleedharan, has said that the senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, has offered to cooperate with all Government steps taken with a view to improving its performance and that the KPCC executive, at its day-long sitting has declared its full support to the various decisions taken by the Government during the last 16 months in power.

Asked whether the KPCC executive had rejected Mr. Karunakaran's vehement criticisms relating to the Government's functioning, Mr. Muraleedharan went to the extent of defending the Antony Government, stating that its performance was hampered by the acute financial crisis. He said that UDF had assumed power at a time when the State Government was going through a major financial crisis. The Chief Minister had explained at the meeting the difficulty in taking populist decisions in view of this crisis, but promised to consider several sops after the financial situation improved.

Asked whether the KPCC executive had accepted the inevitability of the power tariff hike, Mr. Muraleedharan said that the Government should handle the issue carefully. The KSEB's financial difficulty was a reality with which one should accept. And firm steps had to be taken to save the board, otherwise, the UDF would have to take the blame for the collapse of the board, he added.

He said the KPCC executive had also approved a series of party programmes, as a follow up to the ``Navachethana Yatra''. He said that he had decided to hold a two-day district camp before November 6. This would be followed by a State camp of party workers sometime in December.

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