press trust of india
Amid tight security, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s ongoing state-wide mass contact programme, marred by an attack on him by Opposition CPIM led activists on 27 October in Kannur, resumed in the district today.
Mr Chandy, whose security cover has been upgraded to’Z’ category in the aftermath of stone pelting by the LDF, in which he was injured, defended the programme, saying its objective was to extend to the people all their rightful needs without delays of red tapism.
Nearly 2,000 policemen, including armed personnel attached to the Thunderbolt team, set up to deal with Maoist threat, were deployed in and around SSP Ground, the venue of the programme.
Inaugurating the programme, Mr Chandy refuted the LDF criticism it was meant only to distribute certain financial aid from the CM’s Relief Fund and said the objective was to extend to the people all their rightful needs without delays of red tapism.
“Due to certain restrictions in the law, many things cannot be implemented. The Jana Samparka Paripadi will help bring such matters to the attention of officials and these can be resolved,” he said. Mr Chandy pointed out that as many as 45 government orders were issued in the first phase of JSP after the UDF came to power in May 2011, to make changes in rules as per the petitions and complaints received at the programme.
More than 10,000 petitions have been received so far in the district, the most populous in the state. A large number of people have reached the venue to meet Mr Chandy.
State ministers P K Kunhalikutty, Mr Aryadan Muhammad, Mr A P Anilkumar, Mr V S Sivakumar and Mr Manjalamkuzhi Ali, elected representatives, officials and others were also present at the spot.
Meanwhile, the LDF marching in protest as part of their stir demanding Mr Chandy’s resignation over the solar panel scam issue, was stopped by police. The LDF had already announced its decision to boycott the event and take out a black flag protest march.
Over the past few months, the LDF has been staging protests wherever Mr Oommen Chandy tours as part of its campaign demanding his resignation over the scam.