Thiruvananthapuram | Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address a youth Congress rally in Kerala on May 26 as part of its preparations to brace up the party workers before the local body polls slated for this year and assembly polls next year. KPCC executive meeting held here today exhorted party workers to make the rally, to be held in Kozhikode, a grand success.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, KPCC president V M Sudheeran said it wanted the ruling UDF coalition to go ahead with the Front’s political campaign zonal rallies as planned earlier. The rallies were planned to highlight the achievements of the UDF government headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and check the false propaganda unleashed by the CPI-M led LDF opposition against government, he said.
The decision assumes significance in the wake of demand from Kerala Congress (M), a key partner in the UDF, to postpone the rallies. KC-M was of the view that the rallies could be taken up after the probe in the bar bribery case was over. Party chief and Finance Minister K M Mani was facing charges of bribery in the case. Postponing the rallies at this juncture would give a wrong message and it was the unanimous decision of KPCC that the rallies be held as planned between May 19 to 25, Sudheeran said.
All preparations for the rallies were over, he said. Sudheeran also rejected the theory that Congress was imposing its decision on the allies and said the decision to hold zonal rallies was taken by UDF. Indicating that KPCC was not so happy with the functioning of the government, Sudheeran said there were complaints and criticisms from members at the meet that there was increase in corruption in some areas.
Shortcomings in the functioning of offices of ministers and local bodies were also pointed out at the meet and KPCC wanted the government to rectify it and move forward.
Apparently in view of the alleged irregularities in the appointment of non-teaching staff in Universities in Kerala, KPCC wanted to handover the appointments to Kerala Public Service Commission.
If necessary government could bring in an ordinance in this regard, Sudheeran said.
Similarly, KPCC asked government to come out with a general guidelines for transfer of its employees to make the process transparent.
KPCC felt that some ministers were found to be away from the state capital most of the time attending only cabinet meetings and so wanted that they remain in the state capital four days in a week.
At least Congress ministers should become a model in this regard, Sudheeran added.
On social issues, Sudheeran said more vigilant was needed to see that common man especially from backward and tribal persons were not attracted to the wings of Maoist ideology which he termed as ‘anti-democracy and violent’.
In this regard, he said government should ensure that these sections were not subjected to exploitation.
KPCC welcomed the many recent ‘pro-people’ decisions taken by the government as proposed by the party-government co-ordination committee and approved by UDF to ‘make the functioning of the government more efficient’.
KPCC also decided to complete the re-organisation of party at the block level with new Block presidents and committees at the earliest in view of the coming local bodies poll.
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