Staff Reporter

LDF government has provided relief to weaker sections in the State

VS lists achievements of his Ministry

Blames Congress for going back on CMP

PALAKKAD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said the Third Front will approach the people with a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to get their mandate in the coming Lok Sabha election.

Inaugurating an election convention of Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate in Palakkad M.B. Rajeesh here on Saturday, he said the Third Front was getting strengthened with more parties joining it to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress out of power.

In the last Lok Sabha election, the people defeated the BJP for its misrule and communal agenda and did not allow the Congress to come to power on its own. The Congress had to take the support of the 61-member strong Left parties in the Lok Sabha to form the government.

The Left parties supported the Congress from outside on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme. Though the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government implemented some of the major programmes such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGS) and protecting the public sector initially, it went back on the CMP later on.

After the Left parties withdrew their support to the UPA government on the question of entering into a nuclear deal with the U.S. and making India its strategic partner, the Congress had gone for privatisation of the insurance and other sectors, he said.

The Chief Minister said the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala even while fighting against the wrong economic policies of the Congress government at the Centre provided relief to various sections of the people particularly farmers.

During the time of the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government, 1,500 farmers had committed suicide in the State. But when the LDF came to power it gave relief to these families and waived their debts. The LDF government increased the pension of agriculture workers and other weaker sections. It constituted a Farmers’ Debt Relief Commission in the State and provided relief to farmers caught in huge debts.