Karunakaran targets CM's police policy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM NOV. 7. The senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, has embarked on yet another political campaign directed against the UDF Government, mainly focused on the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony's police policy.

Senior leaders owing allegiance to Mr. Karunakaran, including 19 MLAs, participated in a factional meeting held at his residence this morning.

The timing of the meeting was precise and it was obvious that it was meant for the consumption of the Mount Abu conclave, convened by the party high command to evaluate the functioning of the Congress Chief Ministers.

It was decided that a delegation of MLAs belonging to the Karunakaran faction would meet the Chief Minister to formally demand a change in the police policy. It would also demand more effective steps to streamline the functioning of the UDF Government.

Mr. Karunakaran has, through his resumed factional activity, sought to puncture the chances of the conclave handing out any kind of high rating to Mr. Antony. Even though some of the less known Karunakaran supporters claim that their objective was ultimately a Cabinet reshuffle, the immediate agenda before Thursday's meeting was to highlight the lapses in the police policy.

Mr. Karunakaran has openly demanded a change in the current police policy and much to his chagrin, the Chief Minister has made it very clear that he proposed to be his own Home Minister.

The current round of factional activity appears to be on a low key, especially after Mr. Antony and Mr. Karunakaran agreed to a temporary patch-up last month.

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