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Congress leaders hail Ernakulam's key role

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KOCHI: Seven MLAs, one MP, one State Minister and one Union Minister from Ernakulam district as well as scores of members of panchayats, municipalities and other local bodies showed up for a district Congress party meeting held here.

The meeting, called by district president V.J. Paulose as a get-together of all the people's elected representatives of the party, was also attended by UDF convenor P.P. Thankachan, P.C. Chacko MP, former ministers and MLAs.

Party bastion

Mr. Paulose told the meeting that Ernakulam district was indeed a bastion of the Congress party and that it contributed the largest number of MLAs to the UDF government.

He rolled out other numbers that highlighted the Congress's and the UDF's supremacy in the district: of the 14 MLAs from the district, 11 were of the UDF; of the 84 panchayats in the district 74 were ruled by the Congress; 10 out of 11 municipalities belonged to the UDF; 13 of the 14 block panchayats were in the UDF kitty and not to speak of the Kochi Corporation.

He contended that in spite of the so-called “VS Achuthanandan wave,” the Congress could capture eight Assembly seats.

He noted that these feats underscored the party's invincibility in the district. At the same time, he noted that the expectations of the people as well the party's from these elected representatives were very high and asked them to rise up to these expectations.

Mr. Thankachan wanted the representatives to keep grassroots level contacts and let the people know of the programmes and projects being carried out by the government.

He said the government planned a lot of programmes for the panchayati raj institutions, including more power sharing and funds allotment.

Union Minister K.V. Thomas praised the achievements so far of the UDF government. He said people in North India were surprised by people's access to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his down-to-earth style of functioning. P.C. Chacko said the district's contribution, in terms of number of MLAs, was critical to the UDF government.

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