Achuthanandandan`s rhetoric not going to save LDF: Chandy

The political rhetoric of CM VS Achuthanandan was not going to help ruling LDF in its `losing battle` for the assembly polls as people of Kerala were keen on a change of rule, senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy said Monday.

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 13:40 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The political rhetoric of
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan was not going to help ruling LDF in its `losing battle` for the assembly polls as people of Kerala were keen on a change of rule, senior Congress leader
Oommen Chandy said Monday.

"The LDF rule in the last five years has been a saga of
wasted opportunities. After doing precious little,
Achuthanandan now asserts that he will take the corrupt to
task and send sexual exploiters to prison. The voters are not
going to be bluffed by this," Chandy, UDF`s Chief Ministerial
probable, told a meet-the-press here.

"In 2006, Achuthanandan led the LDF as the opposition leader
and people believed him to a great extent. Now the LDF is
seeking a fresh mandate after proving a flop on all fronts.
Grandiloquence of Achuthanandan is not going to click this
time", he said.

While thundering on corruption and morality, Achuchtnanandn
did not even bother to give a credible reply to charges of
corruption levelled by the opposition against issues directly
concerning his own departments, he said.

For instance, he had chosen to remain silent on transfer of
the State Data Centre to a big Indian business house overlooking the the pulic sector, he said.
Chandy, who headed the UDF ministry in 2004-06, said the
coalition would repeat its sterling performance of 2009 Lok
Sabha elections and the cvic polls last year.

The UDF was fighting the polls on the twin agenda of
"development and care" to make the state a major investor-
friendly destination without compromising the welfare of less
privileged sections, he said.

Under the LDF rule, the state`s economic growth plummeted
and it slipped to 17th position among the Indian states in
attracting investment.

The UDF was certain that the people would entrust it with
the hard task of putting the state on a fast-track mode in all
sectors, he added.

PTI