'Oppn Cong, BJP along with section of media trying to belittle development work of govt'

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Kasaragod, Feb 13 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday alleged that the opposition Congress and BJP, 'along with a section of the media', were trying to belittle the development work of the LDF government.

He said both parties had lost their moorings in the state and people were looking forward to continuation of the Left rule after the coming elections.

'People are looking forward to the continuation of Left rule in the state. Even the opposition parties are aware of this fact. We have fulfilled all our promises in the election manifesto.

However, a section of the media,along with the opposition parties, are trying to belittle the Left government. The people gave a befitting reply in the recent local body polls,' Vijayan said.

The Chief Minister also accused the BJP of using central investigative agencies against the government.

He was speaking after inaugurating a rally at Uppalla, the first of the two state-wide matches organised by the LDF to explain developmental activities of the government and to counter various charges raised by Opposition parties.

The rally was led by LDF convener and CPI(M) state secretary in-charge A Vijayaraghavan and will cover the northern districts.

Referring to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented after the vaccination drive,he said the state government had already explained its stand, which was that it was not supporting CAA.

'.... let me make it clear... it will not be implemented.

Has it been implemented anywhere else? We are just making our stand clear.' He alleged that both the RSS and SDPI are communal and 'the Congress, a party which has lost its foundation in the state', was joining hands with them.

'It's the Left parties which uphold secularism in the state and are fighting for the same.' He also listed out the developmental activities of the Left government and the said people wanted the dispensation to continue in power.

'We gave 2.5 lakh houses for the homeless and distributed title deeds to 1.86 lakh people. The Gail gas line project which everyone thought was impossible was made a reality.

Social welfare pensions were increased to Rs 1600 from Rs 600.Over 6.8 lakh students enrolled in public schools,' he said.

The CM said that none starved during the pandemic like in some other states and the LDF government managed the situation by giving out grocery kits and streamlining distribution of food items through ration shops.

The rally will conclude on February 26 at Thrissur and be attended by party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

The second march across the southern districts, led by CPI leader and MP Binoy Vishwam, will begin from Ernakulam on February 14 and conclude on February 26 at the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. PTI RRT APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR