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POLL SCENES United Democratic Front candidate for the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency M.I. Shanavas taking part in a ‘meet-the-candidate’ programme at the Wayanad Press Club on Sunday; and (right) Left Democratic Front candidate M. Rahmatulla (CPI) canvasses for votes.
POLL SCENES United Democratic Front candidate for the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency M.I. Shanavas taking part in a ‘meet-the-candidate’ programme at the Wayanad Press Club on Sunday; and (right) Left Democratic Front candidate M. Rahmatulla (CPI) canvasses for votes.

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KALPETTA: United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate in the Wayanad constituency M.I. Shanavas has said that remedies for the agrarian crisis; parallel roads; medical college; and steps for the overall development of the constituency will be his priorities, if elected to the Lok Sabha.

He was addressing mediapersons at a ‘meet-the-candidate’ programme organised by the Wayanad Press Club on Sunday.

“The loan waiver scheme and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP) of the Centre were able to alleviate the farm crisis in the district considerably,” Mr. Shanavas said.

He said in Wayanad district alone, the UPA government, led by the Congress, had written off loans of Rs.149 crore.

“As much as 1,50,000 people have registered under the NREGP and 1,25,000 people got registration cards in the district,” he said.

To carry on the development measures for the progress of the nation, the Congress should come back to power after the Lok Sabha election, Mr. Shanavas said.

If elected, he would implement all the development schemes of the Centre with the assistance of the State government, he said.

Mr. Shanavas said that lack of proper roads was the main curse of the district and he would initiate steps to realise the Mepadi-Nilambur, Padinjarethara- Poozhithode and Vythiri- Anikkampoyil roads to solve the problem.

Expanding the NH 212 to a four-lane road; rail connectivity; medical college; and construction of the Bairakkuppa bridge on the Kerala-Karnataka border are his other promises.

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