TAMIL NADU

Anti-Marxist stance no longer relevant: Karunakaran

KANNUR OCT. 22. The senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, has said the `anti-Marxist' stance that was said to be the essence of the United Democratic Front (UDF) was no longer relevant in the present political situation in the country.

"Those who still claim to be anti-Marxist are just groping in the dark because the need of the hour for the country is a broad secular movement against communal forces,'' Mr. Karunakaran said while addressing a `Meet-the-Press' programme organised by the Press Club here today.

Stating that adversarial politics had not done any good to the world, he said those in the Congress who had followed an anti-Muslim League stance had been later elected to the Assembly and became Ministers with the support of the Indian Union Muslim League.

Mr. Karunakaran said this adversarial mindset was now being extended to the State unit of the Congress as various groups and sub-groups had come together to form an `anti-Karunakaran' group against "Indiraji's Congress,'' he said. "The present state of the Congress is far different from that of the party till 1987. Anyone who is prepared to launch a struggle against evil forces will be supported,'' he said. No one, not even a section of the media that was supporting the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, or the UDF partners, would claim that the State Government was functioning, Mr. Karunakaran said. "Governance has come to a standstill, from panchayats to the Secretariat, and considering the attitude of those at the helm of the Government, it is not at all surprising,'' he said, adding that the "inactive" Government was turning "anti-people". Stating that most of the coalition partners were not happy with the functioning of the Antony Government, he said that even Muslim League leaders expressed their displeasure at Mr. Antony. He challenged the League leaders to come out and deny that they were not satisfied with the Chief Minister. Referring to the Chief Minister's statement regretting his remarks on Non-Resident Keralites, Mr. Karunakaran said Mr. Antony had made it a habit of making mistakes and regretting later. The Public Relations Minister, M.M. Hassan, who had defended Mr. Antony and his statement against the minorities and the NoRKs, was now in a bind after Mr. Antony had admitted to it, he said.

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