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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 26 (IANS) Noted writer Paul Zachariah has invited the wrath of pro-Left organisations in Kerala for his comments that the controversy over the banning of colas was a result of vested interests by a section of the media.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 | 2:40:17 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 26 (IANS) Noted writer Paul Zachariah has invited the wrath of pro-Left organisations in Kerala for his comments that the controversy over the banning of colas was a result of vested interests by a section of the media.

A. Pradeep Kumar, president of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) the youth wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), derided the author's comments saying Zachariah has the knack of hogging headlines through this type of reaction.

'This is nothing beyond a publicity stunt by the writer. It is also a ploy for deviating things through such comments,' said Kumar, now also a CPI-M legislator.

Zachariah, while taking part in a book release function at Kannur Monday evening, said it appeared that the present issue over banning colas was nothing but a creation of a section of the media to better their interest.

'Cola might be consumed by a mere 50,000, but liquor is being consumed by more than 10 times that figure in the state. Certain agendas are being thrust through false campaigns,' he remarked.

Young CPI-M legislator P. Krishnaprasad also slammed his remarks.

Both the youth legislators defended the action of the DYFI activists who have been ransacking go-downs of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in the state following the Kerala High Court verdict on Friday lifting the ban on colas in Kerala.

'The verdict was purchased and the attack on the go-downs nothing but a spontaneous protest. Actually it is the court and the cola companies who are responsible for the attacks,' said Kumar.

He said that the attacks were not going to send bad signals to prospective investors.

Zachariah won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story collection 'Zachariyayute Kathakal' in 2004.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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