Sri. V S Achutanandan, Chief Minister lead a march to Parliament on 17-10-2008 along with his cabinet colleagues and Left party leaders in protest against the discrimination of the UPA government against Kerala including issues related to power sector.
Along with 16 ministers, Left MLAs and MPs, Achuthanandan staged the protest here demanding providing electricity from the Central pool, for stopping centre's pressure for unbundling power sector,reinstatement of PDS quota, establishing an IIT, adequate relief for natural calamities, subsidy for coconut oil and peninsular railway zone for the state.
The protest also saw participation of senior Left leaders Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, T J Chandrachoodan and G Deverajan, who attacked the Central government for its "apathy" towards the state in granting their demands.
Addressing the gathering, CPI(M) General Secretary Karat advocated the need for a change in the relationship between the Centre and states.
"The resources are with the Centre. The present scene is that the states have to beg for money or any other help from the Centre. This should change," he said.
Issuing a stern warning to the UPA to change its attitude towards Kerala, Karat noted that many representations were given to the Centre by Kerala authorities but "justice was not done to the state".
During his speech, CPI(M) leader Yechury found fault with Centre's decision to curtail PDS rice quota to the state at the time of runaway inflation.
Achutanandan accused the Centre of not doing enough as per the requirement of state in various "critical" issues, including allotment of PDS rice, providing electricity from the Central pool and money for flood relief.Video-1