Sunday, February 14, 2010

S Sivaraman, former CPI-M MP from Ottappalam meets Chennithala, to join Congress

S Sivaraman, former CPI-M MP from Ottappalam who recently resigned from the party, Sunday met KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala here.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chennithala said Sivaraman had expressed his desire to join Congress.

A decision on Sivaraman's entry to Congress would be taken after discussions with opposition leader Oommen Chandy, KPCC office-bearers and senior leaders, he said.

Sivaraman is the third ex-MP to resign from CPI-M during the last one year. A P Abdullakutty, who was the first to quit from CPI(M) citing differences with the party on the question of religious faith. He contested and won the by-poll in the Kannur assembly seat on a Congress ticket last year. K S Manoj, ex-MP from Alappuzha also quit the party recently on the issue of faith.

On the CPI(M)-sponsored land agitation in Wayanad district, Chennithala said if they continued to encroach upon estates in possession of private individuals, it would lead to anarchy and breakdown of law and order.

It appeared that Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and the state government had given silent approval for the anarchic stir by CPI-M men, Chennithala said.

He sought to know the views of other constituents of the ruling LDF on the encroachment by CPI-M workers in Wayanad.

While the Opposition UDF was not against deserving people getting land, it should not be at the cost of law and order in the state, Chennithala said.

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