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    LDF flays US report on human rights

    Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala on Sun

    day flayed a US report, alleging custodial deaths in the state were on the rise, and said "imperialist forces" were behind the campaign to weaken Left forces in the country.

    Commenting on the annual country report on Human Rights practices by the United States Department on Thursday last, the LDF said a deliberate campaign was on against the Left-ruled states of West Bengal and Kerala.

    "There was an effort from imperialists to weaken the patriotic moves of Leftist forces who intervened on national issues at appropriate times," LDF convener Vaikom Viswan said.

    "The imperialist forces knew that the India-US nuclear deal, globalisation and liberalisation policies could be pushed through only if the Left forces were weakened," he said.

    While the Left governments were trying their best to protect human rights, such reports from the US were part of the attempts to "don the role of `world police', he said after the liaison committee meeting of the Front here.

    The Congress-led UPA government had not presented a people-friendly budget, he said. Though packages had been announced for farmers, it was not clear how it would be implemented. The budget policy aimed to financially weaken states and was against the federal spirit of the Constitution, he said.

    The LDF governments would present alternative policies to help farmers and to increase investment in the industrial sector, he said.

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