Kerala self financing medical fee hike: Congress MLAs' fast called off, UDF to intensify campaign outside

Published: 05th October 2016 05:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th October 2016 05:06 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The indefinite fast of  two Congress MLA's in the assembly on the self-financing medical colleges issue was called off temporarily by the UDF  on Wednesday, in view of a 12 day recess for the ongoing session till October 17.

However, the UDF leaders' meet has decided to intensify the stir outside the House and across the state till then, with public campaigns and protest meets. The secretariat march of  the UDF here and to
13 collectorates will be held on Thursday as scheduled.

People's conclaves will be held in all districts to expose the government on the SF medical colleges' fee agreement on October 15 and 16,and in the capital on October 17, informed Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and UDF convenor P P Thankachan at a news conference.

The UDF legislature party meet will be held on October 17 to discuss the continuation of  the stir in the House including resumption of  the indefinite fast of MLAs, and the state liaison committee will also meet on the same day, at 5 pm, to chalk out the future course of action, Ramesh added.

"UDF will not withdraw the agitation on SF medical fee hike. We're going to take up wide campaigns to highlight many other short comings and anti-people stand of  the Left government on various issues as well," Ramesh said.

''Never the state had witnessed a chief minister like Pinarayi Vijayan, who is unwilling to give benefits to students even after the self-financed medical college managements had agreed to provide scholarships and bring down the quantum of fee by Rs 40,000 annually. The arrogance and adamant stand of  the chief minister will not be accepted," he warned. "This is Kerala, which has seen many chief ministers," the opposition leader reminded Pinarayi Vijayan.

He also predicted that the LDF is heading for a downhill journey with Pinarayi Vijayan at the helm of government. "The CPI is already restive. Other coalition partners will follow suit .Did an important policy matter like revision of fee in the self-financing education sector ever discussed within the LDF," Ramesh asked.

"The ill-fate of  the state under a chief minister like Pinarayi Vijayan  for the next four and half  years can be thought of," he remarked.


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