IUML must recall Ahamed, says PDP leader

9 July 2008
The Hindu

Pathanamthitta: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) working chairman Poonthura Siraj said here on Wednesday that the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to go to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to seal the safeguards agreement was against the interests of the country. Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here, Mr. Siraj said no citizen with national pride and patriotism would tolerate the UPA move to sign the safeguards agreement with the IAEA. The ruling Congress will have to pay a heavy price for this “anti-national act,” he added. The PDP leader also called upon the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to withdraw support to the UPA government in the wake of the move to sign the agreement. He said IUML Minister E. Ahamed should be called back. Mr Siraj said the PDP has extended solidarity with the landless poor families at Chengara who have been waging an agitation for land for the last 11 months. He said the government should take immediate steps to resolve the land struggle and redress their grievances. He alleged that the ongoing textbook row seems to be “much ado about nothing.” The PDP has already made its stand that if there was a controversial portion, it should be removed. Mr. Siraj said a third political front in Kerala was relevant as the people were fed up with the both the United Democratic Front and the Left Democratic Front who have been ruling the State in successive terms. But, the socio-political environment here is yet to become conducive to the formation of a third front, he added.