Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alongside together with his cupboard and prime Left members staged a protest towards the Centre over ‘monetary injustice’ at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday.

CM Vijayan walked from Kerala House in direction of the protest venue accompanied by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir- Farooq Abdullah.

Speaking on the protest venue, CM Vijayan mentioned, “We are at a historic juncture of the Indian republic. A democracy that was envisaged as a ‘Union of States’ is slowly and steadily being crippled into an undemocratic ‘Union over States’.

“We are seeing its manifestations around the country, especially in opposition ruled states. We have all come together to register our strong protest against this and to preserve the federal structure of India. Today we are marking the beginning of a renewed fight that would herald a dawn of ensuring equitable treatment of the states. This fight would also strive to maintain a balance in the Centre – State relations. Thus, the 8th of February 2024, is going to be a red letter day in the history of the Republic of India, ” mentioned Vijayan.

“At the outset, let me extend a warm welcome and convey greetings to all those who have gathered here representing various state governments and opposition political parties. The fight to ensure that India remains a sovereign secular democratic republic, with federalism as its hallmark, will be a long drawn one. Let this be an opportunity for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to this struggle, ” mentioned Vijayan.

“Over the years, the Union has been making legal guidelines that encroach upon the states’ powers and duties in a number of sectors, even on legislation and order, which is completely within the States List within the Constitution. Laws have been made by the Union in agriculture, training, energy, cooperation and so forth, crippling the States’ rights. Even a Ministry for Co-operation has been shaped. Multinational agreements are being entered into, on points that have an effect on the States, with out in search of the States’ opinion, not to mention getting their consent. These are all telling examples of how the rights of States are being trampled upon and the way India is being turned into an undemocratic ‘Union over States’.

“However, the blow to India’s federal structure is coming from the Union eating into the states’ financial resources. It is being alleged that the same people who wax eloquent about cooperative federalism, have tried to undercut the resources to be allocated to the states by the Finance Commission. On top of that, we are seeing the Union’s allocation for their own schemes coming down year after year, while the states are being forced to chip in more and more, ” mentioned Vijayan.

But the Congress-led Opposition in Kerala, regardless of being invited to participate, determined to not settle for the invitation.

Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan mentioned there are a number of explanation why Kerala is discovering it robust, however we don’t subscribe to Vijayan’s assertion that the one cause is the best way the Centre is placing blocks to the monetary necessities of Kerala.

“We do not agree to it as Vijayan and his running the government here is engulfed in corruption, nepotism and abject misgovernance. The extravagance at a time when the financial situation is poor is a reason why things here are going astray, ” mentioned Satheesan.

“The Karnataka government protest in Delhi was for different reasons and not like what Kerala is doing. Vijayan says one thing in Delhi, another thing inside the Assembly and yet another reason before the apex court, ” added Satheesan.

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