Three-day CPI Council meeting in Chennai on Jan 17

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Tiruchirapalli, Jan 10 (UNI) A three-day National Council Meeting of the Communist Party of India(CPI) would be held in Chennai from January 17, according to the Party's State Unit Secretary T Pandiyan.

Talking to newspersons here today, he said the National Council would take stock of the present political situation and discuss various other issues.

Mr Pandiyan said the CPI's four-day State Unit Conference would be held at Pudukkottai from February 29 in which party General Secretary A B Bardhan, National Secretary D Raja and Sudhakar Reddy would also participate. The party would hold its annual conference at Hyderabad in March, he added.

The CPI leader lauded the Goa Government's denial of permission for the setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and said other states should also follow Goa..

He said the Centre should reconsider its proposal to establish SEZ, as it would affect domestic interest.

Mr Pandian said the State Government should issue pattas to those residing in houses on Poromboke and other Government lands for the last four decades.

He said though the CPI's relationship with the ruling DMK was cordial, the party was not be satisfied with the performance of the Government.

He alleged that the Government had failed to check illegal sand-quarrying and the DMK members were being bribed to get Government postings.

He said the Centre should provide Minimum Support Price(MSP) Rs 1000 per quintal of paddy.

The CPI leader said 15,000 anti-social elements were residing in the State and most of them were members of various political parties. The parties should expel them without any hesitation, he added.

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