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Chandy seeks consensus for development

Special Correspondent
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United front:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran (back row), Speaker G.Karthikeyan, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, Finance Minister K.M. Mani and E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, during the inauguration of a seminar in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday organised as part of the 125th year of the constitution of the first legislature in Kerala.— Photo: S. Mahinsha
United front:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran (back row), Speaker G.Karthikeyan, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, Finance Minister K.M. Mani and E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, during the inauguration of a seminar in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday organised as part of the 125th year of the constitution of the first legislature in Kerala.— Photo: S. Mahinsha

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called for political consensus over the direction the State shall take in its path to progress.

The Chief Minister made this appeal while inaugurating a seminar on ‘Tomorrow’s Kerala,’ organised by the State Legislature as part of the year-long celebrations in connection with the 125th year of the constitution of the first legislature in Kerala.

Mr. Chandy said the State had done proud in the initial decades after its formation.

The State forged ahead in the matter of education, public health, social welfare and all areas considered as indicators of social progress.

However, it was doubtful whether Kerala had been able to maintain the same momentum in progress in the recent decades.

The Chief Minister said this problem could be solved if all sections in the State would resolve not to cling on to attitudes that had been proven as failures.

“If we do not repeat yesterday’s mistakes, the State has a great future. No one can blame the trade unions now. Resources for developmental activities too were not as big a problem now as it was in the past,” Mr. Chandy said.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, who addressed the seminar, said differences in opinion on development attitude were on the basis of political policies.

He agreed with the Chief Minister that there should be consensus but said it should not mean deviation from the commitment the government should uphold towards the needy sections of society.

Speaker G. Karthikeyan presided over the seminar. CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran, Indian Union Muslim League leader E.T. Mohammed Basheer, Kerala Congress(M) leader K.M. Mani, Janatha Dal (S) leader Mathew T. Thomas, BJP State president V. Muralidharan, RSP leader A.A. Azeez, Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai and Kerala Congress (Jacob) leader John Nellore spoke.

Deputy Speaker N. Sakthan welcomed the gathering and Legislature Secretary P.D. Sharangadharan proposed a vote of thanks.


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