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Chandy sets agenda for ‘yatra'

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Proposes to meet people, take their views on State's development

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has blamed the Left Democratic Front for the State's ‘lost opportunities' in the last four and half years.

Listing the agenda for his 25-day Kerala Mochana Yatra, to be launched from Uppla in Kasaragod on Monday, Mr. Chandy, in an article released for publication here, said a major objective of his travel across the State was to expose the failures of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. He proposed to meet people and seek their views about the contours of development for the State. “There are no two opinions about the current state of Kerala's development. The yatra will help the United Democratic Front (UDF) prepare the blueprint for development,” he said.

He invited all sections of the people who are concerned about the progress of the State to join the yatra and convert it into an expression of popular dissent. “A charge sheet against the LDF government, to be signed by thousands of people, will be submitted to the Governor at the end of the yatra,” he said.

He said the LDF had failed to learn from its recent electoral defeats. Hence the UDF decided to organise a people's movement. “I feel it is the duty of a responsible Opposition to expose the misrule of the ruling coalition,” he said.

He alleged that the LDF rule had taken the State backwards. The LDF government should have implemented the projects launched by the previous UDF government. The Vizhinjam International Deep Seawater Container Terminal, SmartCity, Kochi Metro rail, National Highway development and the Bekal tourism projects, all promoted by the UDF government, would have changed the face of the State, according to him.

Under the LDF rule, the number of poor had gone up and the gap between the haves and the have-nots had widened. Many fell into debt traps, resulting in suicides. “Implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act alone would have tackled poverty in villages.” He expressed regret that the LDF government had failed to implement the Vision Document presented to the Assembly by the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Mr. Chandy said the LDF government had also failed to raise the standard of education, besides frittering away the gains the State had made in the health sector. It was steeped in corruption and was protecting the corrupt. The LDF government had failed to intervene and arrest price rise.

Its ‘achievements' came in the form of suicide deaths and higher consumption of alcohol, he added.

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