Lashing out at the ruling CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday charged the state government with failing to carry out developmental works.
Addressing an election meeting at Harippad, where KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala is contesting, Gandhi said: “In the last five years under LDF rule, Kerala lagged behind. They are steeped in corruption. Scams after scams have taken place. Liquor, land and lottery syndicates are behind the government. They are ruling the rural areas.”
“CPI (M) was also opposed to all “modern, forward looking” developments,” she added.
Speaking from an area hit by the 2004 tsunami, she said the LDF Government had totally neglected even those hit by the natural calamity, not utilising properly the central aid to provide relief to those affected.
“Have they taken care of the people of Kerala? This is a question you have to ask and they have to reply,” she said.
“In contrast, UPA had initiated a series of steps for the welfare of various sections of people like farmers, fishermen, plantation labourers, women and anganwadi workers,” she said.
“If UDF came to power in Kerala, it would be able to utilise the central funds and schemes in a better way for the state,” she added.
The polling for 140 assembly constituencies in Kerala will be held on April 13. Agencies