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Chandrachoodan re-elected RSP State secretary

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T.J. Chandrachoodan

KANNUR, JAN. 9. The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) State conference, which concluded here today, unanimously re-elected T.J. Chandrachoodan as party State secretary.

The conference also elected a 42-member State committee, which included the party general secretary, K. Pankajakshan, the former Minister, V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai, N.K. Premachandran, MP, A.A. Aziz, MLA, and Kovur Kunhumon, MLA.

Prof. Chandrachoodan, who was elected party State secretary for the third term in succession, told a press briefing here today that the four-day party conference discussed organisational and political issues. The meet evaluated that the party had emerged stronger after the split in 1999. The party membership had increased by 7,000 and the Revolutionary Youth Front membership by 28,000 during the period, he said adding that this growth was linked with the party's firm stand on various issues.

`Stand vindicated'

The party, for instance, had taken an independent stand that any political encouragement of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) would pave way for the growth of majority communalism. Today, this stand had been accepted by the Left Democratic Front (LDF). The call by the SNDP general secretary, Vellappally Natesan, and the NSS general secretary, P.K. Narayana Panicker, for unity of Hindus underscored the view that minority brand of communalism would breed the majority brand, he added.

Prof. Chandrachoodan said the RSP was the first among the Left parties to announce its equidistance stand vis-a-vis the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. "Today the Left is supporting a decimated Congress and is working as a shock-absorber." The support to the United Progressive Alliance Government was only conditional, he said adding that a third alternative would emerge in the country.

Asked if the party conference had discussed the alleged culpability of the previous LDF Government in handling the Kozhikode ice-cream sex abuse case, he said the party was of the view that the investigations into the case should be comprehensive, including the handling of it by the previous Government. The RSP would continue its agitation demanding a comprehensive probe into the ice-cream parlour sex case, he added.

Resolution

The conference in a resolution called upon the Central Government to introduce a legislation to control commercialisation of the higher education sector in the State. The resolution also urged the Government to write off agricultural loans of farmers in view of the crisis in the agricultural sector. The conference also urged the Government to accelerate proceedings for assignment of land to the landless Adivasis and implement tribal welfare measures. It demanded amendment in the Bonus Act to remove the salary ceiling norm. The party also asked the UPA Government to withdraw the open skies policy.

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