LDF rule steeped in corruption: Sonia

Congress President Sonia Gandhi alleged that "scams and corruptions" were the hallmark of LDF government in Kerala and called CPI (M) a party lacking ideologies and principles.

Harippad: Congress President Sonia
Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that "scams and corruptions" were the
hallmark of LDF government in Kerala and called CPI (M) a party
lacking ideologies and principles.

Under the LDF rule, Kerala has slipped behind in every
sector as CPI-M was always opposed to "every modern, forward
looking development", she said at an election meeting at
Harippad, where KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala is
contesting.

"In the last five years under LDF rule, Kerala lagged
behind. They are steeped in corruption. Scams after scams have
taken place. Liquor, land and lottery syndicates are behind
the government. They are ruling the rural areas," she said.

CPI(M) was also opposed to all "modern, forward looking"
developments she said and recalled how they had resisted
introduction of tractors and computers in the past.

While India sustained economic growth under the UPA
government in spite of the world financial meltdown, Kerala
had suffered under LDF rule, she claimed.

Speaking from an area hit by the 2004 tsunami, she said
the LDF Government had totally neglected even those hit by the
natural calamity, not utilising properly the central aid to
provide relief to those affected.

"Have they taken care of the people of Kerala? This is a
question you have to ask and they have to reply," she said.

In contrast, UPA had initiated a series of steps for the
welfare of various sections of people like farmers, fishermen,
plantation labourers, women and anganwadi workers. A Rs 500
crore fund was set up to support Self Help Groups, she said.

If UDF came to power in Kerala, it would be able to
utilise the central funds and schemes in a better way for the
state, Gandhi added.

PTI