Malappuram (Kerala): Indian Union Muslim
League, the second largest partner in the Congress-led UDF,
on Friday accused the LDF of exploiting the endosulfan issue to
gain political mileage after "failing" to effectively
implement the ban on the pesticide in the state.
"The hartal called by the LDF demanding nation-wide
ban on endosulfan is a futile bid to cover up its failures",
IUML state general secretary P K Kunhalikutty said here.
"The hartal call showed that the LDF is getting ready
to sit in the opposition benches when the Assembly poll
results are out on May 13," he said.
Noting that it was the UDF government that banned
endosulfan in 2005, Kunhalikutty said if Congress-led
coalition regained power the ban on the pesticide would be
implemented "in letter and spirit".
The IUML leader said there was "no moral
justification" for today`s shutdown as the V S Achuthanandan
government "had not taken any sincere measure" to effectively
rehabilitate the victims of endosulfan in Kasargode district.
Kunahlikutty, who is expected to lead the IUML in the
Assembly after declaration of results, said the UDF was
confident of clinching a convincing win this time.
"All sections of society are dissatisfied at the
manner in which the state was led by the LDF in the last five
years. The results would not be different from those of the
2009 Lok Sabha polls and last year`s civic elections, when the
UDF dealt a crushing blow to the LDF", he said.