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`Decision not to lose votes led to tie-up with DIC(K)'

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Chandy inaugurates election campaign of Shobhana George

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that it was the United Democratic Front decision not to lose any votes that prompted it to forge an electoral alliance with the Democratic Indira Congress(Karunakaran).

He was speaking after inaugurating the election campaign of Shobhana George, the UDF candidate in Thiruvananthapuram West, at Valiathura on Thursday evening.

Admitting that there were differences of opinion within the party regarding the alliance, the Chief Minister exhorted the activists to rise above individual preferences and interests and work for the welfare of the State and the people.

Mr. Chandy was severe on the LDF, saying the front did not have a development agenda and was creating hurdles in the path of development.

He reiterated that the UDF Government would implement the Smart City project in Kochi if the coalition was voted back to power.

"We are prepared to conduct investigations into allegations of corruption but we will not disown any project fearing scandals," he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the Government in the past five years of its rule, Mr. Chandy said the UDF should be voted back to power to complete the various development schemes initiated by it.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to address election meetings in all the 140 Assembly constituencies of the State.

Ms. Shobhana George, in her brief speech, termed the alliance as `a new beginning' and said the party would support the UDF's forward-looking policies.

LDF campaign launched

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the election campaign of Kadakampally Surendran, the LDF candidate in Kazhakkuttom.

Inaugurating the campaign, Mr. Achuthanandan alleged that Mr. Chandy was misleading the people about the Smart City project.

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