A Correspondent

SULTHAN BATHERY: Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has said the measures adopted by the Centre in the past five years have made tremendous changes in all sectors, especially the agriculture sector.

Mr. Pawar was inaugurating an election meeting of K. Muraleedharan, NCP candidate in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, here on Tuesday. After the implementation of the loan waiver scheme and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), a sudden transition was evident in the farming community, he said.

Mr. Pawar said though the NCP was a small party, it was able to implement many productive schemes for the farming community.

He said a lot of projects, including the Kuttanad Package, were sanctioned to the State without a proposal from the State government. In the forthcoming elections, the NCP would open its account in the State, Mr. Pawar said.

“I think senior Congress leader K. Karunakaran will cast his vote in favour of the NCP this time,” Mr. Pawar said.

Minister post

A Correspondent writes from Nedumbassery: Talking to mediapersons after reaching here by a special flight from Mumbai in the morning, Mr. Pawar said the NCP would actively consider its Kerala unit president K. Muraleedharan for the post of a Union Minister if the party got due representation in the Union government to be formed after the elections.

He held the view that though contesting in only a few seats in Kerala, the NCP would create history in the elections and added that its stance in the remaining seats in the State would also prove to be crucial. Later, the Union Agriculture Minister left for Agatti to campaign for his party’s candidate in the Lakshadweep islands.

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