KERALA

Muslim Youth League for joint agitation

KOZHIKODE, JULY 24. The Muslim Youth League (MYL) will come on a common platform with the organisations of Latin Catholics and other backward communities for launching an agitation to implement the recommendations of the Narendran Commission.

At a meet-the-press programme here today, the MYL State president, Panakkad Sadiqali Shihab Thangal, and the general secretary, K.M. Shaji, said the organisation would seek the cooperation of all communities without creating a wedge among them.

They pointed out that the manifesto of the United Democratic Front (UDF) had not stated anything about implementing the Narendran Commission report. It had, howver, said that reservation for backward communities would be maintained. Besides, the Narendran Commission submitted its report only after the elections and the formation of the Government.

`Amend rules'

Fielding a volley of questions from presspersons, Mr. Sadiqali said the UDF Government needed to improve its performance. Pitfalls could be found in the portfolios of all Ministers, including that of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The bad performance had been reflected in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Mistakes should be rectified to take the people into confidence, he added.

He said the State Government should amend the existing rules so that the managements of self-financing professional colleges did not exploit the students. At the same time, the students should not insist the Government to shoulder all the burden of their education expenditure. The students should contribute to the fee. All States were facing the same crisis in restructuring the fee of professional self-financing colleges, Mr. Sadiqali said while replying to a question on the uncertainty in the fee structure in Kerala.

While condemning the violent agitations being carried on by the students of Left parties to protest against the suicide of an engineering college student, he said that the suicide should be seen in the social context rather than politicising the issue.

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