Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister V
S Achuthanandan on Tuesday rubbished suggestions that internal
squabbling in CPI-M state unit had affected the performance of
his government which entered its fifth year in office.
Asked specifically by reporters whether internal
wrangling within the state CPI-M unit had affected the state`s
progress, the chief minister said, "Successful implementation
of policies and programmes is enough to take the wind out of
"Welfare, development and peace has been the motto of the
government and it will go ahead confidently with people`s
support in its final year," he said.
He also refuted the charge that his government did not
get the full support of the party controlled by rival faction
loyal to state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.
Asked if there was an immediate possibility of his
reinstatement to the CPI-M Politbureau, from which he was
dropped a year ago at the height of factionalism, the 86-year
old veteran said he did not intend to conduct a media debate
on party issues.
Asserting that the government still enjoyed the support
of all sections of people, he claimed it was the opposition
Congress-led UDF which was torn by disunity with the recent
move of Kerala Congress (Mani) to bring Kerala Congress
(Joseph) into its fold "to bargain for more seats in the next
year`s assembly polls".
Citing several welfare schemes initiated in the last four
years like debt relief for farmers and fishermen, Rs two per
KG rice for 3.6 million families, he claimed the government
had performed well on the development front.
On the UDF observing the anniversary as "betrayal day",
Achuthanandan said it was actually a "day of liberation" for
vast sections of people who had benefited from government`s
On the eviction drive of encroachers from public lands in
the hill resort town of Munnar, Achuthanandan said the
government was able to retrieve more than 12,000 acres.
However, some problems cropped up and the mission could
not be continued with the same vigour, he said. The government
was still in the process of evicting illegal occupiers from
government land, he said.
"The government is going ahead with the aim of recovering
as much land from the encroachers and handing over the same to
the landless," he said.
Terming as "unfortunate" the recent police lathicharge on
people protesting against government move to acquire land for
road widening in Kinaloor in Kozhikode, Achuthanandan said
effort would be made to settle the matter very amicably by
holding talks with the concerned people.
"This kind of untoward incident should have been
avoided," Achuthanandan said, terming the reaction of the
local people, whose lands would be acquired, as "quite
On future development plans, he said the second phase
development of IT-Infopark in Kochi would be taken up soon. It
would generate more than one lakh jobs.
Stating that the LDF Government initiated various steps
to boost IT sector, Achuthanandan said the IT exports had
increased from Rs 680 crore in 2006, to Rs 3,000 crore now.
The basic infrastructure for IT sector had increased four
fold, he said.
Another achievement was providing land to landless. More
than one lakh people were given title deeds and the scheme to
give land to tribals who lost their lands was nearing
completion, the Chief Minister said.