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Kodiyeri questions Antony's claim on peace

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KANNUR, APRIL 22. The CPI(M) Legislature Party deputy leader, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, has said that the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony's claim that his Government has brought an end to political violence in the district and neighbouring areas is a propaganda that seeks to hide the role of the political parties concerned in restoring peace.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Balakrishnan said political peace in the district appeared to be the only election issue of the UDF as the Government had nothing to highlight as its achievements during the past three years. Following the outbreak of political violence in the district during the previous LDF rule, the then Chief Minister, E.K. Nayanar, had initiated efforts to solve local-level law and order issues through bilateral discussions. It was the attitude of the political parties concerned following such discussions that led to restoration of peace and not the impartial policing as claimed by the Chief Minister, he said.

The CPI(M) leader said Mr. Antony was maintaining a studious silence on what he called growing cases of mafia rule in the State.

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