Kottayam: Public money `looted` through
an `unholy nexus` between UPA politicians and bureaucrats is
being used for the April 13 assembly elections in Kerala,
alleged CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday.
Addressing a public meeting to campaign for ruling LDF
candidates in the district, he pointed to the `huge seizures`
of money every day in Tamil Nadu by Election Commission
officials and said the EC should take steps to check illegal
flow of such money into Kerala.
He said distribution of money to voters before polls would
subvert and pollute the nation`s democratic system and urged
the EC to exercise utmost vigilance to curb such activities.
Karat alleged that corruption had reached its zenith under
the UPA government, with two former ministers - one at the
Centre and another in Kerala - in jail. This was in contrast
to the `non-corrupt` LDF government in Kerala, which has taken
steps to curb the practice, he claimed.
"We are confident that the Left will continue to play a
significant role in national politics", he said.
Karat also came down on the UPA government for `failing` to
curb price rise and said petrol price increased by more than
Rs 10 in the last seven months, fuelling inflation. He also
accused the government of planning to decontrol diesel prices.
Claiming that the government had lost Rs 1.76 lakh crore
in the 2G spectrum scam, he said those indulging in it
have been protected.
"They taught the art of making money, whether it be
Commonwealth Games, Telecom licence or space-related
activities," Karat said.
Criticizing the UPA government for restricting the public
distribution system to certain categories, he said people were
now categorized into APL and BPL, taking a section of them
outside its purview.
"The LDF intends to expand PDS, where everyone deserves Rs
two per kg rice scheme."
The UDF claim of Rs one per kg rice scheme would help only
about 11.5 lakh BPL families whereas the LDF scheme would
cover over 40 lakh families, he said.
The five-year LDF rule had implemented many pro-people
measures with limited socio-economic resources; he said and
noted that PSUs were running in profit in the state.
"This trend should be continued as the people never
accepted BJP or any other party, he said.