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KPCC chief non-committal on joint stir against Centre

Sunday, Nov 20, 2016,15:20 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | KPCC today took exception to the party-led UDF Opposition’s proposal for a joint stir with ruling CPI(M) in Kerala to take on the Centre for its alleged move against cooperative sector by not allowing the societies to exchange old notes under cover of demonetisation.

“All political parties, other than BJP, have come out against the Modi government’s attitude towards cooperative sector. There is no necessity to think about a joint stir.
All parties and coalitions are in the agitation front,” KPCC President V M Sudheeran said in a Facebook post.

He questioned the dharna by LDF led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in front of the RBI office here on November 18, as “first phase” of the stir against what they termed as Centre’s move to destroy cooperative sector in the state.

“Actually, it would have been more appropriate if the Chief Minister had observed the dharna in national capital which is the headquarters of Union government,” Sudheeran said.
Opposition leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and few other Front leaders had expressed readiness for a joint agitation against the Centre on the issue.

Attacking the CPI(M) in the state, Sudheeran also wanted the LDF government to pull back from its move to dissolve the governing bodies of district cooperative banks controlled by UDF, by ordering an inquiry based on “false complaints.” CPI(M) in the state is following the same line of BJP at the Centre, Sudheeran said, adding “only if CPI(M) withdraws from its move against the district cooperatives and showed democratic tolerance, there would be trust in its fight against BJP”.

The Congress leader was referring to LDF government’s plan to set up a Kerala Bank by merging district co-operative banks with state co-operative banks.

UDF, while taking up the matter in the recently concluded Assembly session, had alleged that the plan would “destroy” the three-tier co-operative system that played a key role in the state economy.

Lashing out at the BJP-led government at the Centre, he said there was no let up to the hardship and suffering of people caused by demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

The Modi government is trying to choke the cooperative sector in the state, he alleged.
However, Sudheeran welcomed the government decision to move Supreme Court seeking permission to district cooperative banks to participate in exchange of demonetised currency notes.

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