Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he was ready to accept the reported statement of CPI (M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan to the effect that the outcome of the Piravom byelection will reflect people's evaluation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) rule.

Speaking at the district convention of the Congress activists here on Sunday, Mr. Chandy said he had no doubt about the outcome of the byelection as the people would re-elect the UDF candidate to the Assembly on the basis of the functioning of his government during the past eight months.


The previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's tenure had generated only controversies, but the UDF government could change the pace of developmental activities in a short period, he said.

The State would go in for massive investment in the infrastructure development sector and invited investments in the industrial sector, Mr. Chandy said.

According to him, the State is now facing the second generation challenges posed by the great strides the State had made in the human development sector and it calls for a pragmatic approach to the development needs.

Right to health

Time has come for the State to look into the possibility of providing the people with right to health as one of the basic rights, he said.

Delivering his key note address, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala said the Oommen Chandy government could do in five months what the previous LDF government could not do in five years. The organisational elections would invigorate the party at the grassroots-level and this would reflect in the campaign for the byelection, he said.

DCC president Kurian Joy presided over the convention. Minister for Revenue Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and others spoke.