: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Monday that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would go to the polls with confidence bolstered by the support for its landmark enactments such as the Food Security Act (FSA) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Speaking at a Meet-the-Press programme organised by the Press Club, the Minister said the Congress and the UPA had complete confidence as the MGNREGs and the FSA were the UPA government’s flagship enactments meant to ensure poverty-free India.

Answering a question, he said Congress leaders and workers wanted Rahul Gandhi to be the next Prime Minister of the country. He said the Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF) would fare well in the State in the Lok Sabha elections as there were no major complaints against the Oommen Chandy government other than weak allegations by the Opposition. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Opposition in the State appeared to be in a state of uncertainty, which might be caused by infighting in the CPI(M), he said adding that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) could not serve as a constructive Opposition in the State.

To a question on Kerala Congress leader P.C. George’s statements against Congress leaders and Ministers, Mr. Ravi said the Congress leadership had taken up the issue with Kerala Congress(M). To another question on the reported meeting of leaders loyal to him in Kozhikode recently, Mr. Ravi said he had only met a few friends who had called on him at the Government Guest House. He said though the Oommen Chandy government was faring well, the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues should ensure that were no complaints against them, he said in reply to a question.

Asked about the possibility of return immigration from the Gulf countries, Mr. Ravi said though there was no exodus of immigrants from these countries, the government viewed the situation seriously. He said it was up to the State governments to rehabilitate people returning from the Gulf.

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