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Power not to deter CPM to take up popular issues: VS

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Kozhikode, Apr 17 (UNI) The CPI(M) heading the Opposition LDF in Kerala would not hesitate to fight for the cause of the people even if it was voted to power in the Assembly poll in the state, party Polit Bureau member V S Achuthanandan today said.

''Party Chief Ministers E M S Namboodiripad and E K Nayanar had fought for the cause of people when they were at the helm of affairs in the state'' and the fight will go on undeterred, he told a meet-the-press programme here today.

More over, the party will sharpen its agitations against the ''anti-people'' economic policies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre, he said.

Describing the UDF as ''anti-people'', he said during its regime development in all fronts, including traditional and agricultural sectors, in the state took a back seat making the life of the people miserable ''but they in turn accused us as anti-development.'' ''Of course we had opposed through democratic means mortgaging public sector units and deforestation causing environmental degradation,'' he said.

But the people were seized of the real issues and they had expressed their anger by voting against UDF candidates in the 2004 general elections and byelections to Assembly and local body polls held after 2003.

This time also the verdict would be against the UDF as the people were reeling under its ''misrule,'' Mr Achuthanandan, said.

Condemning the brutal murder of Chavakkad Municipal Chairman K P Valsalan, allegedly by activists owing allegiance to Indian Union Muslim Leage, he said the UDF was afraid of the poll outcome forcing them to annihilate CPI(M) cadres.

On implemetantion of the Narendran Commission Report on job quota for minorities in the state, he said the move was a clear attempt to appease the Muslims in the community dominated neighbouring district of Malappuram.

''A new awakening among the community was visible as witnessed in the victory of LDF candidate T K Hamza (CPI-M) from the Manjeri Lok Sabha seat in 2004,'' he said.

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