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Congress campaign begins today

Staff Reporter

Against `CPI(M)'s politics of colonisation'


  • `CPI(M) trying to create party-controlled villages'
  • Party flays `strong arm tactics of the CPI(M)'

    KANNUR: The District Congress Committee (DCC) and its feeder organisations are launching a campaign here to expose the `politics of colonisation' practised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the district.

    The campaign will begin on Monday with a march to Blathur, a CPI(M) stronghold, by Congress workers in what is billed as a Gandhian initiative to highlight the `politics of colonisation' — a phrase coined by the DCC leadership to refer to what they call `strong arm tactics of the CPI(M) to colonise and control villages and institutions in the district.'

    Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) vice-president Mullappalli Ramachandran will inaugurate the campaign.

    The Congress leadership here said the march was being organised as a sequel to the Congress' campaign against the CPI(M)'s `use of muscle power and violence against its political rivals.'

    "The campaign is intended to highlight the CPI(M)'s attempt to create party-controlled villages in the district and elsewhere. It is the CPI(M) and not the U.S. that is seeking to colonise villages in Kannur," DCC president P. Ramakrishnan said.

    "Blathur in Padiyur-Kallyad panchayat was selected for launching the campaign because it was the latest example of the CPI(M)'s efforts to control a village," Mr. Ramakrishnan said. Congress workers had been at the receiving end of CPI(M)'s use of `muscle power' at Blathur, he said.

    The district unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has also come out against what it terms the `coercive measures of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) in different sectors.'

    INTUC president K. Surendran alleged that the CPI(M) and CITU leaders were forcing quarry workers loyal to various trade unions to join the CITU through coercion by instructing quarry owners not to employ non-CITU workers. The CPI(M) and the CITU were also trying to control the sand-mining sector in the district, he said.

    Another campaign

    The district unit of the KPCC vichar vibhag will also organise a separate campaign against the CPI(M)'s `politics of hegemony.' Vichar vibhag district president Balachandran Keezhoth said Nandigram incidents showed that the CPI(M) was turning into a `hegemonic' force in the country.

    It would organise a seminar on `Hegemony, its political and cultural dimensions' soon.

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