KERALA

`SNDP-NSS to function as pressure group'

From A Correspondent

NEDUMBASSERY, MARCH. 17. The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam general secretary, Vellappally Natesan, today said the SNDP-Nair Service Society (NSS) unity would have a strong impact on the ensuing Assembly elections.

Talking to reporters at the Nedumbassery airport, he said the unified force of SNDP and NSS would function as a pressure group during the Assembly election without supporting any of the two fronts.

Objective

Asserting that formation of a political party was not the objective, Mr. Natesan maintained that the attempt was to remain as a pressure group to secure the just demands of the majority communities. The unity of these organisations should not be construed just as an Ezhava-Nair concord but an association of majority communities that had been denied social justice, he said.

He said political parties were appeasing minorities with a view to grabbing power. Even the CPI (M) State secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, had no hesitation in cosying up to the minority community by displaying the picture of Yasser Arafat, Mr. Natesan said.

The SNDP general secretary showered praise on the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, and said the CPI(M) would not in any way be able to marginalize him. He said Mr. Achuthanandan took a firm and correct stand on issues and stood by them. This had endeared him to the common man. The CPI(M) leader had also taken a position against aligning with casteist forces and stood by it. According to Mr. Natesan, the CPI(M) leader's quality of not resorting to politics of oppurtunism had turned out to be his biggest drawback in present-day politics.

Chandy criticised

He alleged that the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, was not ruling for the people of the State but for his community. He alleged that the State Government was allotting educational institutions only to minority communities. A memorandum would be submitted to the Chief Minister seeking better treatment for majority communities in the education sector, he said.

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