KOZHIKODE: It’s true that Rahul Gandhi is a prominent leader of the Congress but he has been speaking without even trying to understand the issues, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Kannur on Sunday.
He said when Rahul told reporters that the Left has not done anything to oppose RSS and BJP, the comment could have evoked laughter of ridicule even among those who don’t support the Left. On Rahul’s remarks that central agencies were not properly interfering, the CM said, “We have only one stand. We are going forward by giving befitting responses to such interferences. That too can be seen here. Here, there is a Kerala-level cooperation among the party of Rahul Gandhi, league and BJP.”
When asked about the practicality of a scheme like Nyay, Vijayan said, “The welfare pension was Rs.600 then. Even that was not given for more than 18 months… How will people believe such promises of a group which didn’t even have the will to give away pension?”
The CM said public opinion favouring the LDF government formed on its own. “One of the major achievements of the government was redefining the earlier concept that people do not have any role in governance apart from using voting rights every five years. Every year we published a progress report updating people about the extent to which we were able to fulfil the promises made in the election manifesto,” Pinarayi said.
The CM, during a press conference at Kannur press club, also countered the allegation that the state was in debt and said in the financial year 2019-20, the debt of Kerala was 31.2% of internal revenue. He added that when UDF left power in 2015-2016, the debt was 29% despite not including various debts.
The CM said the KSEB allegation was also baseless as similar purchases have taken place in other Congress-ruled states as well. Pinarayi said Oommen Chandy was coming up with allegations on development after realizing that the backlash from people would be severe.