Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that there was no anti-Government feeling in the State.

Addressing a press conference at Kanjikode, near here, during his one-day election tour of the district on Saturday, the Chief Minister said The Hindu-CNN-IBN survey that predicted the defeat of the UDF did not find any anti-Government feeling in Kerala among the majority of the population. When there was no anti-Government feeling, those who conducted the survey should explain how the UDF would get defeated, he said.

Mr. Chandy said the survey found 57 per cent of the people were satisfied with the performance of the present Government and only 35 per cent dissatisfied. Thus the survey itself said that there was no anti-Government feeling in a majority of the population, he said.

Mr. Chandy said that since there was no such anti-Government feeling as per the parameters of the survey, it should be made public how the survey reached such a conclusion that predicted a LDF victory. The same situation remained in Tamil Nadu where the survey did not predict a victory of the Opposition DMK, he pointed out.

He said the UDF Government had made all-round progress in the State since it came to power in 2001. There was more unity now in the UDF and the differences with the DIC(K) had also been resolved. Thus the UDF had a better chance to return to power, he said.

Earlier addressing an election rally at Vadakkumcherry, the Chief Minister said the UDF Government had achieved 9.2 per cent growth as against the 5.8 per during the LDF rule. The State had made progress in the health and education sectors.