PM, Rahul whip up youth, infra planks in Kerala poll campaign

Written by M Sarita Varma | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: Apr 10 2011, 07:15am hrs
With just four days to Kerala elections, UDF (United Democratic Front) has revved up its campaign, bringing in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to help its cause. While, in a meeting in Kottayam, Manmohan Singh pulled no punches in blasting the ruling LDFs failure to utilise Centres funds for infrastructure building like Rs 2,000-crore JNNURM funds. At Kochi, youth icon Rahul Gandhi was more focussed on making pointed attacks at the ageing CPI(M) captaincy in the state.

Are you aware that five years later, when the next election comes, the present chief minister would be 93-year old said Rahul Gandhi, making an unambiguous dart at 87-year old Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan. On the other hand, look at the UDF candidate list, its a fairly even mix of young and the experienced, he said.

On the other hand, Singhs 33-minute speech at Nehru Stadium in Kottayam was the longest speech he ever made on Keralas soil. Good roads would have had multiplier effects in Keralas economy, especially in hospitality industry, added the prime minister. He also said NREGS funds, too, were not effectively tapped. According to Singh, the Left was guilty of giving the garb of ideology to opportunist politics.