Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 5 UNI | 4 months ago

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said a vote for CPI(M) in Kerala is indirectly a vote for the BJP which even failed to come out with its election manifesto.

Addressing a series of election rallies in the state ahead of the April 10 Lok Sabha elections, Mr Gandhi said while the CPI(M) would not have any role in national politics after elections, the BJP was trying to divide society. On the other hand, the Congress stood for taking the nation forward through partnership of all sections.

Winding up the day-long whirlwind trip of Kerala by addressing a rally at Attingal in this district, Mr Gandhi said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre was able to bring all round development to the country during the last ten years.

"We ensure equal right for education, employment, food and information regardless of religious affinity," he said.

However, the BJP was attempting to create division among people to meet their nefarious intentions, he alleged.

Stating his party stood for equality for all, Mr Gandhi said it wanted to uplift all to middle class status. Underlining the need to place more emphasis on trade and industry, he said if came to power again,the UPA would be linking all important cities of the country.

'We will also guarantee right to medicine and health care for poor, right to shelter for everyone and right to pension for all oldage people,' he added.

Addressing a party rally at Kattappana in Idukki district, he assured the people that the UPA government would not do anything against the wishes of the people in the hilly region in the name of conversation of environment.

'Environment is important. But at the same time we consider the wishes of people is also important. We will stand by your wishes,' he said, referring to the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation which is a major campaign issue in the hilly regions of the state.

Addressing the party workers in Chengannoor, he said, 'We have taken out 150 million people out of poverty and now our aim is to strengthen those who are above the poverty line but below the middle class such as the carpenters, taxi drivers, mechanics, chowkidars. Our focus will be to bring those 700 million people into the middle class in the next five years. They are the backbone of the country."

He also said 100 million jobs would be created in manufacturing sector of the country by creating industrial corridors connecting major cities. It would be the biggest manufacturing centre in the world with all potential to overtake China.

At Kasaragod, he said the party would make all out efforts for rehabilitation of endosulfan victims in Kasargod District.

Calling upon the people to strengthen the Congress in the State, he offered to bring more industries to the northern-most district.

He said it would be better if the state shunned 'murder' politics. The 'murder politics' witnessed by the state at times is the most challenge it faced, he said, obviously referring to the TP Chandrasekharan murder case in which the CPI(M) is under clouds.

Addressing the gathering, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his party-led United Democratic Front would win back Kasargod seat defeating CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front candidate and sitting MP P Karunakaran. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President V K Sudheeran said the party is duty bound for rehabilitation of endosulfan victims in the district.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)