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Communalism can be dealt with secular unity: SRP

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Kottayam, Apr 10 (UNI) CPI (M) Politburo Member S Ramachandran Pillai today opined that communalism could be dealt with secular unity of the people.

At a meet-the-press programme here, Mr Pillai added communalism could not be dealt with communalism.

In reply to question on the PDP's 'communal' nature, he said the CPI (M) had not changed its political stance, but would accept the support of all parties, including the PDP which was not an ally of the LDF.

When asked whether Mr V S Achuthanandan or Mr Paloli Mohammed Kutty would be the Chief Minister candidate of the party, he said the it had not projected any one in particular.

The LDF tradition was to chose the Chief Minister after the elections.

On the criticism that the CPI (M) was anti-development, he contended that such charges were made by opponents because of popular support it enjoyed.

Under the UDF regime, higher education sector became inaccessible to the poor and there was deterioration of law and order situation.

Referring to Mr A K Antony's claim that more engineering colleges were opened in the state, he asked how many poor students got admission to them.

The CPI (M) and the LDF were for the comprehensive development of the state, ensuring social justice, he said.

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