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The Rediff Interview/V S Achuthanandan, Kerala\'s next chief minister
'It's a lie that the CPI-M is anti-reform'
May 16, 2006
On Sunday, the Communist Party of India-Marxist leader V S Achuthanandan, who is the new chief minister of Kerala, landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport to a rousing welcome.His supporters garlanded him; hundreds of them wanted to shake hands with him; and in the melee, some kissed him, some embraced and many shouted: "VS is our leader."
Politicians in Kerala rarely get such a welcome.
In recent onths, Achuthanandan fought rivals within the party and then ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front campaign against his brand of politics. All of them allege the new chief minister is a man who lacks vision for Kerala's much needed development.
How different will the LDF rule be in Kerala? Ours will be a corruption-free government. In the last five years, the Congress government has been deceiving the people of Kerala in the name of development. Where is the development in Kerala? I cannot see any.
Many Congress leaders have become rich and richer. The last government's achievement has been the worst in the history of Kerala. The election results have proved all that.
Will your government investigate all the corruption scandals?
We will investigate all the corrupt deals. We will also investigate all the sex scandals that the Congress government has been trying to cover up.
The panchayat system of governance is the best model of governance in any state in the country. Our development priority will be to help the poor and the needy in all the fields, whether it is education, healthcare etc.
The tragedy is that is the Congress has been preaching development, but doing nothing? Where is the development here? Farmers are here committing suicide. It is a lie that the Congress is spreading that the CPI-M is anti-reform.
In fact, it was the LDF (CPI-M led Left Democratic Front) government, which made Kerala an IT-savvy state and a model state for tourism.
Our reform policies are always people friendly. The problem with the Congress government is that its reform policies are only meant for the party leaders to make money.
There is no factionalism in our party. It is the creation of the media.
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