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UDF usurping credit, says VS

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has accused the Oommen Chandy government of trying to take credit for all the major development initiatives set into motion by the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

Participating in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor for his Address in the Assembly, on Wednesday, he said the United Democratic Front (UDF) was making much ado about little things done during the 40 days or so since it had assumed charge of the government.

One claim was that it had attended to the rehabilitation of the families evicted from Moolampilly for the Vallarpadam project. The previous government had handsomely rehabilitated over 300 of the evicted families and only the cases of a few families had been left to be solved when the government changed.

Kannur airport

He said the claim in the Governor's address about new initiatives for setting up an airport in Kannur too was hollow. It was the previous government which had revived the proposal for an airport in Kannur, after the UDF had abandoned the project when it was in power in the 2001-06 period.

Likewise, the LDF government had settled the issues relating to the SmartCity project. This government was only continuing the process of making the project a reality. The LDF government, during its five-year term in office, had begun 10 new IT parks in the State creating a very large number of jobs.

He referred to the initiatives the previous government had taken to address the dispute with Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam, end the tendency among farmers to commit suicide and strengthen the public distribution system. He expressed doubts over the Oommen Chandy government's sincerity in maintaining the achievements the State had made in all these areas during the last five years.

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