LDF for mid-term poll if Govt. falls: VS

PALAKKAD OCT. 13. The Leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) Politburo member, V. S. Achuthanandan, has said that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) favours a mid-term Assembly poll if the Antony Government collapses due to the internal fight in the Congress.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Achuthanandan said that though the LDF wanted to remove the present Government, it did not wish to impose a worse dispensation on the people of the State. The LDF's support to any alternative set-up would be based on policies and programmes. It would not have any truck with communal parties such as the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), he said.

The CPI(M) leader said the IUML, besides being communal, was supporting militant and fundamentalist groups such as the National Development Front (NDF) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP). It represented only the rich section of the community, he said.

On the Marad issue, the Chief Minister had been supporting the Sangh Parivar. But the League had been supporting him despite the Chief Minister's stance being against the interests of the minority communities. This was the reason why the minority communities had rejected the UDF in the Ernakulam by-election, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

In the last Assembly election, the Congress and Mr. Antony had mobilised all the communal and fundamentalist forces against the LDF. "We had warned them against such a dangerous step and now they are paying the price for it," he said.

The LDF would not commit the same mistake. "We cannot support a Government in which communal parties like the IUML have any role,'' he said.

Mr. Achuthanandan said there was no point in supporting a new Government which would be following the same policies as that of the Antony Government on disinvestment, liberalisation and globalisation.

He said that under the present Government, the industrial and agriculture sectors had witnessed an unprecedented crisis. Nothing had been done to save the traditional sectors like cashew, coir and handloom. The Government had also failed to get due share of water from the Parambikulam- Aliyar Project for the farmers of Palakkad, he said. Mr. Achuthanandan demanded that the Chief Minister meet his Tamil Nadu counterpart and take a firm stand on the inter-State water problem. Tamil Nadu was still insisting on raising the height of the Mullaperiyar dam.

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