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UDF to observe May 18 as ‘betrayal day’

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P.P. Thankachan says LDF rule has let down the people.

Thiruvananthapuram: The United Democratic Front (UDF) has decided to observe May 18, the second anniversary of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, as “betrayal day.” The Opposition coalition will also organise district-level campaigns from May 19 to 27 to focus on the failures of the government.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, UDF convener P.P. Thankachan said protest demonstrations and public meetings would be organised on May 18 to mark the two years of LDF rule that had let down the people.

The district liaison committees would decide the venues for the district-level campaigns. The focus of these campaigns would be on the lack of collective responsibility in the Cabinet’s functioning, the internecine feuds between ministers and coalition partners, rise in prices, deterioration of law and order, corruption and crisis in the industrial and agriculture sector. The State leaders would participate in the district campaigns. The anniversary campaigns would also expose the LDF government’s pro-poor positions by highlighting its decisions to discontinue several social welfare schemes the UDF government had undertaken.

Mr. Thankachan criticised the LDF government for its failure to arrest the rising crime graph in the State capital. Cases of theft, mobbing, and ‘goonda’ clashes had been reported from the city and the police force remained inactive.

Even though the government claimed that it had implemented the Goonda Act, anti-social elements continued to call the shots and the murders and attacks that Thiruvananthapuram witnessed recently presented a different picture. Mr. Thankachan said criminal elements had political influence and they were evading arrests because of this. The UDF campaigns would highlight these issues, he said.

On the campaigns led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh in the State, Mr. Thankachan said their forays into the State would not make any difference to the political situation here.Any attempt to weaken the Congress would only strengthen the hands of communal forces, he said.

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