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Kerala parties fight over women's groups

Kerala parties fight over womens groups
The ruling Congress and opposition CPI-M in Kerala are squabbling over the state government awarding projects to Congress-created women's group Janasree instead of state agency Kudumbashree backed by the Marxist party.

Thousands of Kudumbashree members on Tuesday assembled in front of the state secretariat to start an indefinite protest in the presence of former CM V.S. Achuthanandan. They are demanding that the Oommen Chandy-led govt withdraw the sanction of three agriculture and two animal husbandry projects to Janasree along with a Rs.14.36 crore fund without awarding any project to Kudumbashree. Achuthanandan said Kudumbashree was formed 14 years ago to socially empower women and seeing its success, the programme was replicated in other parts of the country.

'Kudumbashree activists are now into numerous activities like farming and agriculture and this growth appears to have left the Congress jealous,' he said.
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