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By Our Staff Reporter
THRISSUR, MARCH 29. The Electricity Minister, K. Muraleedharan, has said that he would take steps to build a new civil station, complete the construction of the rail overbridge and solve the water shortage in the Wadakkanchery constituency should he win the byelection.
Participating in a meet-the-candidate programme organised by the Kerala Varma Club at Wadakkanchery, near here, on Monday, he said the Government would expedite the clearance of applications for power connections.
The Electricity Minister said he would choose Wadakkanchery as his permanent constituency irrespective of the outcome of the byelection. "One needs a base. I suffer from having changed my base, Kozhikode.''
Mr. Muraleedharan refuted the criticism that the byelection was being imposed on the voters of Wadakkanchery to solve problems in the Congress. "The CPI(M) leader, E. K. Nayanar, had contested a byelection before he became the Chief Minister,'' the Electricity Minister said.
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate, A. C. Moideen, said the case of Mr. Nayanar having contested the byelection bore no comparison to the current situation in Wadakkanchery.
"The water shortage in the State is the outcome of the stand taken by the United Democratic Front (UDF) Government on certain issues,'' he said.
The BJP candidate, Sobha Surendran, said the State Government and the local bodies had not proposed good water supply schemes worthy of getting Central assistance.
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