Congress leader Karunakaran meets Prime Minister

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New delhi, Mar 29 (UNI) Former Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran, who re-joined the Congress three months ago, today held discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on issues pertaining to the State.

Mr Karunakaran explained to the Prime Minister that the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State was badly affected following the reduction of quota of rice from the central pool. He said Kerala was one state where the PDS was functioning effectively.

He demanded the central quota of rice to be restored immediately.

The Congress leader also referred to the recent violence in Kannur and said the state government failed to maintain peace.

Mr Karunakaran yesterday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the organisational matters.

Mr Karunakaran, who had recently gone public against the delay in giving positions to his supporters, who returned to the party, sounded upbeat when he said he was confident that Ms Gandhi would not let him down.

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