THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after the election fee ordered to cease distribution of subsidised rice through the competition season following the Opposition’s grievance, the state on Saturday witnessed a bitter disagreement over the politics of free rice.
The state authorities determined to pursue authorized motion in opposition to the ballot panel and the Left attacked the Opposition for blocking meals provide to the folks. The UDF shot again saying it was the Left authorities that was taking part in politics with distribution of free rice.
The Left needs to make sure package distribution at any value, having realised that it performed a serious function in its victory within the native physique polls. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan demanded an apology from the Opposition chief for his letter to the election fee in search of to cease the distribution of meals kits, foodgrain and welfare pension until the elections are over. The Opposition has been denying folks their meals and appears hell-bent on letting them starve, he mentioned.
Oppn chief humiliating lots: CM
“The Opposition chief is humiliating the lots by alleging that voters might be influenced by merely distributing meals kits. The general public will forged its vote contemplating the functioning of the federal government through the previous 5 years,” mentioned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Chennithala shot again likening Pinarayi to a black marketeer. He alleged the federal government has been hoarding rice that was initially allotted for college kids from September to March, and was now distributing it with a watch on the meeting elections.
“In the course of the pandemic season, the federal government hoarded this rice and is distributing it solely now. The try is to distribute rice and meals kits simply earlier than the elections. The plain purpose is to affect the citizens,” he alleged. Chennithala mentioned he had urged the chief electoral officer (CEO) to withhold the distribution of Vishu particular meals kits. He additionally requested him to cease the federal government from disbursing social safety pension for April and Might upfront.
The UDF is of the view that Vishu meals kits and pensions ought to be given solely after April 6, the election day, because the mannequin code of conduct is in impact. The BJP too attacked the state authorities, alleging vested pursuits behind rice politics. Senior BJP chief and Union Minister V Muraleedharan got here down closely on the Left authorities, saying that kits have been given to the state beneath Garib Kalyan Yojana. In the meantime, the CPM state secretariat has condemned the transfer by the Opposition UDF to cease rice and meals package distribution to ration card holders at subsidised fee.In an announcement, the state secretariat mentioned robust folks’s anger ought to come up in opposition to the motion.