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LDF refutes Chandy's allegation of playing communal card

Written by: Staff

Malappuram, Andhra Pradesh May 13 (UNI) The Left Democratic Front (LDF) today strongly refuted outgoing Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's allegation that it had played the communal card in winning the Assembly elections, asserting that though it had got support from various organisations, including those from the backward communities, it had not altering its policies for them.

Talking to newspersons here LDF Convener Paloli Mohammed Kutty said ''The LDF had got support from the Jamaat-e-Islami, the PDP, SNDP and a section of Sunnis. But we have not aligned with any of these organisations undergoing a shift in our policies. We have also not asked for their support.'' Mr Kutty said different organisations had extended their support as they understood that it was the LDF which only had a clear vision on several issues, be it reservation or any international problem.

The outgoing Chief Minister had come out with the allegation only to suppress the humiliating defeat that the UDF faced under his leadership, he alleged.

Refuting the UDF allegation that the CPI(M)-led LDF was opposed to development, he said the LDF had a different approach to development, ''a view which is totally different from that of the UDF.'' We are against development which benefits only a few section of the people. We want a development which would be beneficial for all the people,'' he noted.

''The LDF is not against the Smart City project or Express Highway. But before we indulge in all these things, there are many more areas of importance that need priority like the agricultural and traditional industries sectors, where lakhs of people are working.'' Pointing out that the Left Front had always stood for the welfare of the people, he said ''the LDF has always stood for the welfare of the people. We have always tried to bring to the notice of the government all the major issues, including the problems in the farm front, traditional industries, education and health.'' MORE UNI XR PNN KVV VD PC2018

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