Harippad (Kerala): Unleashing a fierce attack
on the CPI(M), Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said it
was a party that always "lagged behind time" and stunted
Kerala`s growth in the last five years under the LDF rule.
Addressing campaign meetings of the Congress-led UDF at
Harippad, Thrissur and Kozhikode, she said the April 13 polls
offered an opportunity to the state to bring about a change by
ending LDF rule under which "corruption flourished."
"CPI-M is a party always lagging behind time in principles
and priorities...It was opposed to all modern, forward-looking
development...Scams after scams have taken place under the LDF
rule in the last five years. Liquor, land and lottery
syndicates are behind the government," Gandhi said.
While the country as a whole kept up the growth trend
under UPA-I and UPA-II in spite of global financial meltdown,
Kerala had suffered under LDF rule, she said.
At Harippad, where KPCC chief Ramesh Chennnithala is the
UDF contestant, she said LDF Government failed to even use the
central aid including that for tsunami rehabilitation.
"Have they taken care of the people of Kerala? This is a
question you have to ask and they have to reply," she said.
At Thrissur in central Kerala, she took a sharp dig at the
BJP, saying unlike the NDA, the UPA Government did not
discriminate against any state politically. "Our government
does not look at states differently," she said.
At Kozhikode in politically volatile Malabar, she came
down on CPI(M), accusing it of practising politics of violence
against its opponents.
She listed a series of measures initiated by UPA for the
financial security and welfare of all sections including
women and minorities.