`Do not block development'

PALAKKAD, AUG. 14. The Finance Minister, K. Sankaranarayanan, has urged the CPI(M) not to block development works in the State.

Inaugurating a State convention of the Kerala Journalists Union here today, the Minister said the CPI(M) should come forward for an open debate on the matter. If there is no consensus among major political parties on the development agenda, Kerala would be moving backward when other States are marching ahead. ``The CPI(M) in Kerala should allow to implement at least 50 per cent of the schemes that party's Government has implemented in West Bengal.''

The Minister said that since there was good cooperation among political parties on development issues at the Centre, the same policy should be followed in Kerala as well.

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