Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the UPA government has gifted an array of development projects to Kerala, which had a “special place in our hearts,” but the Left Democratic government has not make proper use of them.
Dr Singh, who arrived in Kerala to campaign for the Congress-led United Democratic Front, said that the Left parties have always been on the wrong side of history and both Kerala and West Bengal had suffered because of their rule.
Adopting an aggressive demeanour against the Left, he urged people to throw them out of power and elect the UDF.
“Kerala has a special place in our hearts as the state has an unique character and immense opportunities,” Dr Singh said in Kollam.
“In the last seven years, we took up a number of projects like Vallarpadam, Thiruvananthapuram international terminal, Kuttanad wetland project, Pampa Action Plan. However, the response of the LDF government has been slow.”
The Prime Minister said the Left parties were still pursuing programmes and policies that do not address the needs of the people.
“Unemployment peaked during Left rule and law and order situation has also deteriorated,” he said.
“The political opportunism of the Left is retarding the progress of the states,” he said, adding, “The LDF lives in the past while the UDF stands to safeguard the future of the people.”
Dr Singh also introduced all UDF candidates, except its Chadayamangalam nominee Shahida Kamal.
The Prime Minister lashed out at the Left parties in Kottayam too and said that Communists had always pursued an outdated ideology and their flawed policies had caused much trouble in Kerala and West Bengal. Asian Age