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Accuses Achuthanandan of trying to stop the Smart City Project

Chandy says LDF is only interested in sharing poverty and unemployment with the peopleSays UPA Government has allocated Rs.27,000 crores for various projects in the StateChennithala says LDF will take the State to the bullock cart ageMurali says the CPI(M) will turn the State into a junkyard

Payyoli (KOZHIKODE): Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lambasted the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) for blocking development programmes in the State ever since the United Democratic Front (UDF) assumed power five years ago.

Addressing an election campaign rally attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Thursday, he accused Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly V.S. Achuthanandan of trying to stop the Smart City Project even after the High Court of Kerala gave a verdict favouring the decision of the State Government. "Mr. Achuthanandan is now telling that the project is to fill my pockets. So the Government decided not sign the agreement. Let the people of the State decide on the further course of the project," he said.

Mr. Chandy said that the LDF was only interested in sharing poverty and unemployment with the people. At least 37 lakhs of unemployed youth had registered with the Employment Exchanges. Many of them were going out of the country for jobs. But the UDF had drawn up programmes for creating job opportunities in the State itself, he said.He said that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre had allocated Rs.27,000 crores for various projects in the State. For the past several years the State had been knocking at the doors of various Governments for the development of the Sabarimala shrine. It was Dr. Singh who took the pains to release land for the development of the shrine, Mr. Chandy said.

Presiding over the programme, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said that the LDF would take the State to the bullock cart generation if it were given a chance to rule for next five years. "We saw its misrule for five years. It was rooted in corruption and failed to curb violence in different parts of the State," he said.

By opposing new projects such as the Smart City Project, the LDF was denying opportunity to thousands of youth to get employed in their home State. All these five years it had time to oppose development activities, Mr. Ramesh said.

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