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People’s Plan campaign flayed

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It has decelerated development, says Youth Congress chief

Photo: K. K. Najeeb

FOR DEVELOPMENT: Former Vice-Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit K. S. Radhakrishnan addressing a seminar held as part of the 27th State conference of the Kerala Panchayat Employees’ Organisation in Thrissur on Sunday. —

Thrissur: Youth Congress State president M. Liju on Sunday said that the People’s Plan Campaign had decelerated the State’s development.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Changing Kerala and the Kerala model of development’ held as part of the 27th State conference of the Kerala Panchayat Employees’ Organisation (KPEO), he alleged that Finance Minister Thomas Isaac was the architect of the failure of the Kerala model of development.

“Through flawed decentralisation, the CPI(M) has politicised panchayats and ensured that funds for development are diverted to the party exchequer. The Left first contributed to the development debacle through erroneous land reforms initiated by E. M. S. Namboodiripad,” Mr. Liju claimed.

The Youth Congress leader argued that the CPI(M) opposed the Free Trade Agreement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it was against the interests of China. “CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat is mum on China’s stand on Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.

Former Vice-Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit K. S. Radhakrishnan alleged that CPI(M) did a bad turn to the State by creating an anti-development mindset among people.

“Citing class struggle and reforms, the CPI(M) torpedoed development in every sector. The State’s socio-cultural achievements are a result of renaissance movements and not of Left rule. The State owes its achievements in the education sector to the Church and visionaries such as Sree Narayana Guru, Mannathu Padmanabhan, Ayyankali, K. Kelappan, Brahmananda Sivayogi and Vagbhadanandan. Education was once seen as a cultural activity guided by moral forces and not an economic activity determined by market forces,” he said.

Those present on the occasion included KEPO president T. V. Udayabhanu, State committee member P. V. Pushpangandan, treasurer Sabu George, general convener P. K. Babu, and Samskara Sahithy district chairman Ajithan Menothu.

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