Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged the people to contribute generously in the wake of flood disaster even as he took the salute on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebration at the Central Stadium here on Thursday. Delivering the Independence Day message, the Chief Minister called upon the people to contribute generously to mark the Independence Day and involve in the State's 'Rebuilding Initiative' to overcome the ill effects of the natural calamity. Stressing the need of unity during the crisis, he said people unitedly came forward to take part in the relief activities last year when the State was hit with its ever worst flood disaster.
Highlighting the importance of protecting the constitutional values, he said the attempt to replace the federal spirit will be a violation of constitutional principles. The effort to replace diversity with a unitary system would also be a violation of core principles, he added. Curtailing the powers and rights of States also against the federal and constitutional values, he added. Referring the crisis of PSUs in the country, he said it shows that we were ignoring the socialist and democratic culture.
Indirectly mentioning the recent Kashmir issues, the Chief Minister said the house arrest of the leaders of democratic parties showed that democratic and secular values were undermined. Religious discrimination and denial of equal opportunity could weaken secular principles and values, he added. Appreciating common peoples' participation, irrespective of their caste, religion or politics in the recent rescue activities, he praised the mosque authorities at Pothukal in Malappuram for providing their worship place for conducting the postmortem of landslip-victims. UNI