Poll post mortem spoils LDFs 3rd birthday party

Written by M Sarita Varma | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: May 20 2009, 04:30am hrs
It was a gloomy third birthday party for Keralas LDF government on Monday, in the shadow of the Lefts Lok Sabha debacle.

Missing were the state-wide festivities, ministers vying with one another to make welfare announcements.

On the first anniversary, chief minister VS Achuthanandan had drawn nationwide attention with legal action against encroachers in Munnar. The first agricultural debt relief commission in the country was also set up. The Kerala government also notched a much-awaited MoU for a $380-million IT infrastructure project.

On the second birthday, the cash-strapped LDF Government had coughed up Rs 29-crore in DA arrears for its bureaucracy.

The chief ministers office, when contacted, said that the third anniversary celebarations have not been dropped, only postponed to May 22. District level functions will be held on May 23.

Several schemes to do with food security, milk production and poultry rearing are on the agenda for this year. Whether these are launched on the day of the anniversary or not is immaterial, says KN Harilal, member, State Planning Board.

The CPI(M) managed to retain only four seats of the 16 it contested, losing its trusted citadels at Kannur and Vadakara in North Kerala.