THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said anti-government sentiments do not prevail in the State and what the people are expecting is continuity in governance. A secular democratic movement to beat the challenges raised by the BJP-Sangh Parivar can be led only by the Congress. The people of Kerala will support the above movement.
At the programme ‘Vottu karyam’ organised at Kesari Memorial hall today, Chennithala said communalism and violent politics will be the main issues used in the UDF’s campaign. “For the making of modern Kerala, the UDF’s concept of consistent development is useful. The development during the last five years is a record. Mammoth projects like Vizhinjam, Kochi Metro and Kannur airport were taken up and the basic infrastructure was developed.”
“220 bridges were built. The LDF doesn’t have the foresight for long-term development. CPM’s signature is anti-development. Law and order is an essential thing for progress and development. During the last five years the government was able to make the police department people-friendly. Not even a single incident of gun firing or arson was reported in the State during this period. Unnecessary controversies are being made to cloud the developmental activities of the government,” said Chennithala.
The home minister said the LDF will face the election unitedly. The KPCC president doesn’t have any Group and the high command will decide on who the chief minister should be.
The minister also criticised the LDF’s “foul play” in its liquor policy. He alleged that there was unholy nexus between the CPM and bar owners. “The CPM doesn’t have the energy to say that the closed bar will not be reopened. We are implementing liquor ban in a phased manner as abstinence from liquor is not practical. There is no change in the government’s liquor policy of ‘total liquor ban in ten years’. If the LDF comes to power, they will convert Kerala into a bar. We shall not allow converting three and four star hotels to five stars in order to escape liquor ban. Considering the people’s sentiments, we have also decided not to give bar licences to five star hotels from now on.”
Regarding Parvur fireworks tragedy, Chennithala said Crime branch, Deputy Director of Explosives and Judicial inquiries are progressing. “Once the report is available, strict action will be taken against offenders. They will not be protected. We have also not rejected Home Secretary Nalini Netto’s report. The government doesn’t mistrust her,” he said.
Brushing aside opinion poll results in favour of the LDF, the minister said all such opinion polls are forged data.
Don’t need Bengal kind of tie.
Ramesh said in Kerala, there was no need for CPM-Congress ties like the one happening in Bengal. “Congress’ main foe is CPM but Congress has never seen CPM as an untouchable but the CPM thinks otherwise. The cooperation shown by the RSP and Forward Block shows that the Left allies are aware that only the Congress can realise the concept of secular alternative,” he added.