Stop discriminatory approach towards Kerala, CPM tells Centre

Stop discriminatory approach towards Kerala, CPM tells Centre

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New Delhi, Jan 12 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday alleged that the Union government is adopting a discriminatory and negative attitude towards Kerala and demanded to end this approach.

"Kerala is entitled to Rs 24,915 crore as public borrowing for the year 2019-20. This has been unilaterally reduced by the Centre to Rs 16,602 crore in the name of neutralising the alleged increase in public account debt in 2016-17", the CPI(M) said in a statement after its two-day Polit Bureau meeting, held in the national capital.

"The GST compensation of Rs 1,600 crore due in December has not been paid. The arrears on account of MGNREGS is Rs 1,215 crore and for payment for paddy procurement is Rs 1,035 crore. Kerala has been denied any allocation for natural calamity relief despite submitting a claim for Rs 2,100 crore", the party further alleged.

The CPI(M), which is heading the ruling coalition of Left Democratic Front in Kerala, said the state government should get the funds due under the various accounts and allocation under the natural calamity relief fund to the state which had suffered from serious floods in 2019.

The Left party has also took on the Union government on various issues like Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), attack on JNU and situation in Jammu and Kashmir. "The Polit Bureau hailed the countrywide protests against the CAA and the growing movement to protect the Constitution and secularism. The CAA undermines the secular concept of citizenship enshrined in the Constitution by introducing a religious criteria", the CPI(M) said.

The Polit Bureau also condemned the 'brutal repression' unleashed on the peaceful protests and the police atrocities inside the Jamia Millia and Aligarh Muslim University campuses. "The government must withdraw all the false cases foisted on people and release all those arrested and in jail.

The most brutal repression has been unleashed in Uttar Pradesh against peaceful protestors, in particular those belonging to the Muslim community", the Left party further said. The Polit Bureau appealed to all the Chief Ministers who have announced that they will not accept the NRC to put on hold the NPR process in their states.

On Jammu and Kashmr, the CPI(M) demanded that the government restore internet service in keeping with the spirit of the Supreme Court judgment. "All other curbs should be lifted and detention of political leaders revoked", it added. On JNU, the Polit Bureau condemned the violence 'unleashed by the ABVP-RSS goons' in JNU campus on January 5 which injured 29 students and teachers including the JNUSU President, Aishe Ghosh.

"It was a shocking spectacle to see the Delhi police standing by, allowing the goons to run riot and later facilitating their exit from the campus", it said. The Left party also alleged that the Delhi police investigations are biased and mostly targeting the student activists belonging to the Students Union and not the actual culprits.

"The HRD Ministry should intervene to see that the steep fee hikes are rescinded. The Vice Chancellor who is responsible for destroying the character of the university must be removed", it demanded. The CPI(M) has also said that it discussed the Draft Report on political developments to be placed before the forthcoming meeting of the Central Committee to be held at Thiruvananthapuram between January 17-19, 2020. (UNI)