The Left Democratic Front (LDF) will be forced to go on political exile after the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State, Defence Minister and Congress Working Committee member A.K. Antony has said.
Addressing a series of public meetings to seek support for United Democratic Font (UDF) candidates in the three constituencies in Wayanad district on Saturday, Mr. Antony said Left Democratic Front (LDF) leaders continued to give false promises to the electorate.
Criticising the LDF's propaganda against the treaty with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mr. Antony said the treaty had rejuvenated the entire farming community in the country. An amazing transformation was visible owing to the benefits of the treaty, he said.
“The farmers are getting better prices now for their produce including coffee, rubber, pepper and tea after the treaty coming into effect,” Mr. Antony said.
He termed the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) a major achievement of the Centre. The United Progressive Alliance government was trying to put in place a food security programme with a view to eradicating famine from the country, Mr. Antony said.
Kerala would be the most developed and progressive State in the country under the UDF regime. The UDF is facing the elections by raising the slogans of development and peace. Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran, taking part in the campaign, said the people of the State would support the UDF. The Centre had infused Rs.60,000 crore into the State's economy through various schemes, he said.