Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recounted the developments the LDF has instituted in the state in the last five years while inaugurating the left front’s election campaign in the North Zone in Kasargod. “The LDF government had been struggling to disprove the myth that nothing can happen in Kerala,” he said.
Lashing out at the opposition and media, he said, “The UDF has been trying to say that the LDF is as bad as they are, and certain media organisations had banded together for the very purpose. Even central agencies had arrived in Kerala with the purpose of toppling the government, and yet nothing happened.”
Interestingly, while quoting the development activities he also included the GAIL project and said, “The GAIL project had been abandoned, and the people thought that it might never happen. Yet, we have made it a possibility.” The CPM, while they were the opposition, had strongly opposed the project citing safety issues.
He also included the controversial K-FON and Life Mission projects in his speech. “The K-FON project has been created as the government believes that internet is a fundamental right, and the opponents of the Life Mission will be me with contempt, as it provides housing to more than two lakh people,” he said, adding that the free kits have been started to make sure that no one stayed hungry during the Covid pandemic.
He also spoke about the developments in the educational and health sector, citing the state’s initial fight against the pandemic. However, he was largely silent about the current state of affair regarding the Covid-19 situation in Kerala. Addressing the backdoor appointment allegations, Pinarayi Vijayan noted that the LDF government has recruited more people through PSC than the UDF government.
Attacking the BJP and the Centre, the CM noted that the Modi government’s plan to implement CAA following the Covid vaccination would not happen in Kerala. Adding to it, he said, “Strengthening SDPI in the name of fighting RSS is a suicidal move. We must not oppose majoritarian violence by unifying the minority groups. The latter must join with the left front to fight communalism.”