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UDF to fight Left's negative development agenda: Cong

Written by: Staff

Thiruvananthapram, Apr 1 (UNI) Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President Ramesh Chennithala today said the Assembly elections in the state was a fight between the Left Democratic Front's anti-development attitude and the United Democratic Front's developmental outlook.

''The LDF only has a negative political agenda for the development of the state and the UDF will fight against this negativism,'' he told reporters at the face-to-face programme organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust.

Asking the people to vote against the anti-development attitude and the negative political agenda of the LDF, Mr Chennithala claimed that the UDF always had a positive approach for the over all development of the state.

Alleging that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) did not have a clear vision on development, he said ''this was costing Kerala's development''. The CPI(M) also did not have a national policy regarding development, he said and added that their policy differed from state to state. ''In New Delhi, they have a different policy and in West Bengal this changes. While in Bengal they are welcoming multinationals, they are against it in Kerala. The CPI(M) is itself in a confusion and this is reflected in their attitude towards Kerala.

Maintaining that the Congress always stood for an equilibrium between major developments and the welfare of the people, Mr Chennithala said the UDF's main agenda was this equilibrium. The present Oommen Chandy government had already created a conducive atmosphere for an infrastructure boom, he said and added that the growth rate had reached an all time record of 9.2 per cent and it was expected to touch double digit mark. He also stressed that welfare programmes like Akshaya and Kudumbasree had helped the downtrodden people.

The UDF government was able to make substantial changes in the agricultural and other fields. Describing the implementation of the Narendran Commission report that looked into the representation of backward communities in government services as a landmark in Kerala's history, he said if voted to power, the UDF would go forward with the other aspects of the report.

He said a comparison between the present UDF government and the previous LDF one would show that the Oommen Chandy government had transparency in all aspects. ''The Previous LDF government led by Mr E K Nayanar (1996-2001) was a hallmark of corruption from the People's campaign to Manaveeyam.

Lambasting at the Left Front, he said the LDF had now been reduced to ''Marxist Front'' as there were different opinions among the LDF constituents. The CPI(M) had even taken away some of the seats of their partners and this had led to confusion among them.

The LDF was always the first to announce its candidates ahead of the others soon after the election dates are announced, Mr Chennithala said and added ''this time, the allotment of seats are yet to complete.'' UNI PN1352

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