CM says State made good progress in the face of heavy odds, including Centre’s policies
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has initiated a slew of development projects in the State despite heavy odds, including last year’s devastating floods and anti-State policies of the Centre, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.
Addressing a public meeting organised at Thekkinkadu Maidan here on Saturday as part of the conclusion of two regional rallies of the LDF, Mr. Vijayan listed the achievements of his government in the past 1,000 days such as NH development, coastal highway, high range highway and GAIL pipeline. The first phase of Kovalam-Kasaragod waterway would begin in 2020.
“We have fulfilled the promises in the election manifesto. Around 3.41 lakh students have joined government schools in the last two years and 45,000 classrooms have been made high-tech. Agriculture and industrial sectors have witnessed tremendous development. The public distribution system has become more effective,” Mr. Vijayan said. Many international players had come forward to invest in the State, he said.
“According to the World Bank estimation, we need ₹31,000 crore for rebuilding Kerala [after the floods]. But the Centre’s support is minimal. It even opposed support from other countries. But we will fight against all odds,” he said.
Rumour mongers were out to attack the government. “The recent one was the Church Bill. The LDF has not discussed it and the government has not even thought about it,” he said.
The country was heading for the general election at a time when democracy and secularism were at risk. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to destabilise democratic institutions. Even the judiciary was not spared, he said, urging the people to make sure that the BJP did not come to power next time.