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When the Prime Minister failed to turn up...

By Our Staff Reporter

KOLLAM, DEC. 31. It was with high expectations that the 531 tsunami victims at Alapad, sheltered at the Government Pre-primary School relief camp in Karunagapally, began waiting for the arrival of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, from 8.30 this morning. They included a 14-day-old baby in his mother's arms, 229 women, 221 men and 80 children.

But soon after 12 noon when it was announced that the Prime Minister had decided to leave Karunagapally without calling on them, the women at the camp broke down and were seen protesting in tears. Many of them said they were looking forward to the Prime Minister's visit as a source of consolation in the midst of their tribulations.

The official itinerary of Dr. Manmohan Singh at Karunagapally included visits to two locations, the relief camp was one of them. The other location was the Karunagapally taluk hospital where a good number of those injured at Alapad are under treatment.

Tight security

When the District Information Office informed presspersons hat passes would be issued only for covering any one of the locations on the Prime Minister's itinerary, most preferred choosing the relief camp instead of the hospital in the expectation that the Prime Minister would be more inclined to talk to the press from the relief camp than the hospital.

It was after strict security check-ups that the mediapersons and government officials were permitted to the relief camp. All shops and other commercial establishments on the road where the relief camp is located were directed to be kept closed till the Prime Minister leaves the place. The Prime Minister was expected there at 10.30 a.m.

But the wait continued in vain until 12 noon. A few minutes later, it was officially announced that the Prime Minister will skip the camp.

Frustration

Immediately, frustration gripped the camp and the women were seen breaking down. Many of the women said in tears that they were looking forward to talking to the Prime Minister. A woman said that ``with the Prime Minister leaving without meeting us, the future seems all the more uncertain.''

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