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Let Karunakaran form party first: Veliyam

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CPI to launch anti-Government agitation on May 30

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Communist Party of India (CPI) State unit secretary, Veliyam Bhargavan, has said that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) would take cognisance of the senior Congress leader K. Karunakaran's moves to float a new political party only after he breaks his ties with the Congress and his party becomes a reality.

"All this talk now is part of the hard bargaining that the rival sides are driving to get the best deal. We are not enamoured of all this. Let them part company with the Congress and form their new party and then we will consider what should be our stand towards them," Mr. Bhargavan told a press conference here today.

He said neither side in the Congress was speaking anything about issues affecting the common people in their exchanges, and added that the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, welcomed Mr. Karunakaran to the LDF fold only when journalists persisted with their questions on the subject. He also denied knowledge of moves by the Kerala Congress (B) leader, R. Balakrishna Pillai, to merge his party with the Janata Dal (Secular). "We are yet to be told formally about any such move," Mr. Bhargavan said.

His party had decided to launch a strong anti-government stir with a siege of taluk offices across the State on May 30. A State-wide propaganda would be unleashed in preparation for the agitation. The campaign would feature padayatras at the panchayat-level from May 14 to 16 and regional jathas to be led by the party's State secretariat members. The regional jathas would be held from May 20 to 25.

The jatha covering Thiruvananthapruam and Kollam districts would be led by party State assistant secretary, K.E. Ismail, and that covering Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts by the other assistant secretary, Pannian Ravindran.

The jatha in Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts would be led by Kanam Rajendran, that covering Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts by C.N. Chandran and that covering Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts by Mullakkara Ratnakaran, he said.

Coming down heavily on the Government, Mr. Bhargavan said the four-year-old UDF rule has landed the State in a deep crisis.

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