TAMIL NADU

CPI to launch campaign

D. Pandian — Photo: K. Pichumani .

D. Pandian — Photo: K. Pichumani .  

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: : The State unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) would launch a fortnight-long campaign from May 15 to highlight the party's call for "retrieval of Tamil Nadu from corruption, maladministration and neglect of the basic needs of the people."

The newly elected State CPI secretary, D. Pandian, told reporters here today that the campaign would focus on issues such as failure to hold successful elections to some dalit panchayats, solve water crisis and make Tamil the medium of instruction.

Free and fair elections could not be held for the dalit panchayats — Pappapatti, Keeripatti and Nattarmangalam in Madurai district and Kottakachiyendal in Virudhunagar district — owing to caste oppression, he said. The State council of the CPI called for a judicial probe into the death of the Opposition-backed Dalit Panthers of India candidate for Pappapatti "under suspicious circumstances."

Though the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) claimed that the State occupied the first place on different fronts, "corruption in administration had become rampant" and unemployment was on the rise with the local industrial units falling sick and foreign units offering few jobs, Mr. Pandian said.

On the "sorry state of affairs" in the cooperative sector, he said, the Government should take immediate measures to protect co-operative banks and ensure the safety of the deposits made by the people. Agriculturists found it difficult to raise funds for farm activities in the absence of any alternative lending mechanism.

Mr. Pandian accused the Government of failing to make efforts to evolve a consensus among the political parties in the State on issues such as river water disputes with neighbouring States. It had been adopting a confrontationist approach, particularly when the State was reeling under acute water crisis.

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