No plans to go for early polls in Kerala: CM Chandy
Congress-led UDF government in Kerala has no plans now to go for an early Assembly elections in the wake of Congress candidate's victory in the Aruvikkara assembly bypoll, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF government in Kerala has no plans now to go for an early Assembly elections in the wake of Congress candidate's victory in the Aruvikkara assembly bypoll, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.
"Seeking an early fresh mandate is a new idea mooted by you (media). We have not examined it," Chandy told reporters during cabinet briefing here.
Assembly polls in the state is due in early next year. K S Sabarinadhan of Congress won by a margin of 10,128 votes defeating his nearest CPI-M led LDF opposition at Aruvikkara.
Chandy also ruled out any need for re-shuffle in the cabinet now and said, "UDF government will continue with its positive politics and seek the support of people".
"People of the state want a positive politics and UDF wanted to go in that route," he said.
Agreeing with the statement of CPI(M) national leadership that the party in the state failed to take up issues faced by people during electioneering, Chandy said the party in the state was following negative politics.
Asked whether irregularities and corruption were also issues connected with people, Chandy said people were against any type of corruption and also hate those who rake up baseless charges.
"People will reject charges levelled with political motives," he said.
On cabinet decisions, Chandy said approval was given to the Anganvadi Workers and Helpers Welfare Bill that envisages to provide various benefits including pension to Anganvadi workers.
The cabinet decided to increase house surgeons allowances from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in medical colleges.