Modi using border issue for political gains: Chandy

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KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran’s Janamaha Yatra draws to a close in capital

All India Congress Committee general secretary Oommen Chandy has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of politicising the sacrifices made by soldiers with an eye on the upcoming general elections.

Inaugurating the valedictory function of the Janamaha Yatra led by Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran here on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa’s remarks that the heightened tension on the India-Pakistan border could benefit the party at the polls exposed their evil designs.

Poll rally

“At a time when the Congress chose to postpone its working committee meet and rally in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister went ahead addressing BJP cadres as part of the party’s poll campaign. It is rather painful that he considers politics over national security,” he said.

Mr. Chandy accused Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of continuing to resort to the politics of violence.

“Despite coming into power, the party has failed to shed its style of politics that sought to eliminate political rivals. Of the 20 political murders reported in the State since the Left Democratic Front came into power, 16 were the handiwork of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), with the BJP and Social Democratic Party of India committing two each. On the other hand, the Congress has always stuck to its avowed stance of democratic politics,” he said.

Delivering the introductory address, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala accused the State government of neglecting the welfare of farmers in Kerala.

Farmer deaths

“As many as eight farmers have committed suicide in Idukki this year. Mere assurances of declaring a moratorium on repayment of loans will not serve as a permanent solution to the crisis. The government must learn from the decisions of the Congress-led governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and decide to waive farm loans. Instead, the government has chosen to spend ₹9.5 crore for the celebrations being organised to mark its 1,000 days in power,” he said.

KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran; Shashi Tharoor, MP; KPCC working president Kodikunnil Suresh, MP; K. Muraleedharan, V.S. Sivakumar, M. Vincent, and K.S. Sabarinadhan, MLAs; vice president V.D. Satheesan, MLA; and District Congress Committee president Neyyattinkara Sanal were present.

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