LDF surpassed expectations: Gowda

‘Steps taken for welfare of downtrodden'

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda has pointed out that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has surpassed the expectations of the people of the State.

Speaking at the State convention of the party here on Wednesday, Mr. Gowda said that the State has witnessed great development under the present leadership. “The State government has taken numerous steps to improve the conditions of the downtrodden. Many relief measures have been introduced in recent times,” he said.

Party general secretary Danish Ali pointed out that the ideology of the party remained intact despite suffering various setbacks in recent times.

“The decision of M.P. Veerendra Kumar to leave the party and align with the United Democratic Front (UDF) is one that is coated with vested interests. It is appalling for a leader, who has spoken and written a lot about socialism, to join forces with capitalist forces.”

Mr. Ali said the commitment of JD(S) towards the poor and the needy remained unchanged.

Mr. Ali also demanded that M.P. Veerendra Kumar restrained from using the images of Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and other socialist leaders for the promotion of his new party.

Transport Minister Jose Thettayil remarked that the conference reinforced the determination of the party to uphold the values of democratic socialism.

Former Minister Mathew T. Thomas, party State president N.M. Joseph, State general secretary C.K. Nanu and district president M.T. Kurian spoke on the occasion.

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