Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Monday addressed election rallies in Kozhikode, which consists of eight assembly seats - Kozhikode North, Kozhikode South, Elathur, Beypore, Kunnamangalam, Koduvally and Balusseri (SC) .
Assembly elections in Kerala’s 140 constituencies will be held in a single phase on May 16. Counting of votes will be held on May 19.
Hindustan Times reported about Chandy’s election rallies and public meetings under its Follow the Leader coverage on Monday.
Chandy’s rallies in Kozhikode: As it happened
5:55pm: Highlights of Chandy’s speech at Naduvannur in Kozhikode
- I request you re-elect IUML’s UC Rahman this time as well.
- Last year we gave Rs 300 crore and this year Rs 500 cr for the welfare of Rubber farmers.
- Even when the Centre was not helping, we went ahead and helped the Rubber farmers in Kerala.
- Has this government ever ignored a problem people of Kerala have faced?
- The changes in the lottery system has meant that more money is spent on public healthcare.
- But in the last 5 years Kerala has seen more development that ever before.
- The Idukki dam and the Kochi airport are the two major things that came to Kerala since Independence.
- In 5 years Kerala has got 245 bridges, that’s a bridge a week for 5 years. That’s the development we promise
- Compare 5 yrs of UDF and 5 yrs by LDF, you will find it easy to decide whom to vote to power
- Chandy reaches Naduvannur in Kozhikode.
- The UDF will come back to power in Kerala. I request you to give us a thumping majority
- Chandy campaigns for UDF-IUML candidate MA Rasak (L to the chief minister) at Omassery in Kozhikode.
- Chandy reaches Omassery in Kozhikode to attend a public rally.
- The Modi government is now focusing on Start-up India, we started promoting Startups in Kerala in 2012.
2:35pm: Highlights of Chandy’s speech
-The BJP will not win even a seat in Kerala because the people here will reject its divisive politics.
- One of my biggest regret is that we are yet to find an effective waste management technique.
- Chandy is back at the Government Guest House in Kozhikode before heading for the next meeting.
- Chandy ends his speech at Karanthodu in Kozhikode
- Chandy received petitions from the people at the end of his public meeting.
- Kerala was the first state to demand voting rights for NRIs.
- There is no change in my govt’s prohibition stand.
- Kerala has done well in the last five years in sports and athletics.
- Even if I am 1% corrupt, I will not be fit for public office.
- The Anganwadi workers’ service is one of the most important of its kind in India.
- About 75% of revenue tax is spent on recovering that tax. 1% of service tax is used to collect that tax.
- I am sure that the UDF will win this elections, but it is the MLAs and the party high command that will decide who will be the next chief minister.
- Why is drinking water and farming still a problem in the area? A resident asks the chief minister.
- Such public meetings are the best way to meet, know the people.
- Chandy starts addressing the public meeting at Karanthodu.
- Chandy presents a CD containing campaign songs to DCC president at Karanthodu.
- Chandy with party candidate at Karanthodu.
Chandy inaugurates the election campaign of Suresh Babu, Kozhikode North UDF candidate.
11am: Chandy ends his press conference and goes to address a public rally in Kozhikode.
10am: Excerpts from Chandy’s press conference at Calicut Press Club
- I do not believe Pinarayi Vijayan is a person who can avoid the media.
- I do not think BJP will make any impact in Kerala polls.
- This government is concerned about the relocation and in providing housing for all.
- We want good investments to come to Kozhikode.
- I do not want to mention the names Pinarayi Vijayan has called the minorities.
- We will not tolerate corruption in any way. We can’t react to all allegations.
- If all parties stand together we can bring back all the IT brains that have left Kerala.
- Kerala’s IT export is only 1/10th that of Karnataka. This could have changed if the Left changed its stand on IT.
- Kozhikode should have the same administrative facilities as Thiruvananthapuram.
- Kerala should have been the pioneer in the IT revolution.
- It took about 20 years for the #Left to realise the importance of IT.
- Even VS will be envious about the way the smart city is functioning.
- UDF has taken decisions only that have benefitted Kerala.
- The Palm Oil case is not that Kerala lost money but the profit could have been.
- The Govt did not lose even one rupee in the so-called Palm Oil scam.
- There are official answers to all the questions VS has asked.
- In Bihar, the Left went against the anti-BJP grand alliance and that helped BJP.
- The Marxist party aligned with BJP to oppose the UPA-1 on the nuclear deal.
- In 1984, the BJP and Left joined hands to support VP Singh
- The Left got its worst defeat when they aligned with the Jan Sangh.
- The Jan Sangh and Left shared stage in Kerala way back. The Left should remember that.
- The Congress will never align with BJP and RSS
- Pinarayi Vijayan has made a false allegation that Congress and RSS have a tacit understanding.
- If VS does not explain his allegations in two days, I will approach the Election Commission.
- If I don’t question these false claims the Opposition will take advantage of it.
- I’m replying now and I’m quick because this is election time.
- Except for on FIR there are no cases against anyone in my ministry.
- The latest allegations by VS Achutahandan are in thin air.
- All that the Opposition has against the UDF is some false allegations.
- There isn’t any anti-incumbency against my govt.
- This is why the UDF won all the elections in the past five years.
- We have fulfilled all promises made to the people.
- With a wafer-thin majority we have completed our term without any major problem
- The UDF is extremely confident of this election.
- I’ve finished one round in all 14 districts. This is the 2nd round.
- I don’t like waiting for anyone nor make anyone wait. Time is precious.
- I’m on time because it’s the first programme of the day.
Chandy with party supporters at the government guest house in Kozhikode.
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy with local residents at the government guest house in Kozhikode.
Who is Oommen Chandy
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy is perhaps one of the few political leaders whom the trapping of high office has not affected.
While people’s access to a political leader is inversely proportional to his/her power and position, Chandy has been an exception. The number of people who meet him almost every Saturday when he visits his constituency is testament to that.
Perhaps it is this accessibility that has made Kunjunj (younger brother), as he is referred, so dear to the people of Puthuppally.
In a state which has the most factions of the Congress, Chandy remains loyal to the party even in its most trying times.
The two-time chief minister has been a part of various governments: He was the labour minister under the late K Karunakaran and AK Antony in the Seventies. In 1981, after the EK Nayanar government lost its majority in the House, Chandy was the home minister when Karunakaran replaced the Left Democratic Front government.
A decade between 1991 and 1994, Chandy became the finance minister in the Karunakaran government.
In 2004, following the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, where the Congress did not even win a single seat, then chief minister Antony took responsibility and resigned. The Congress turned to Chandy to become the chief minister for the remaining two years.
The Congress-led United Democratic Front came to power in 2011 on a wafer-thin majority. But belying expectations, the Chandy government has stayed in power for its whole term – during which development has been a major focus.
Some of the highlights of Chandy’s current term are: The Kochi metro Rail project, the boost his government has given to the Kerala Startup Mission, the thrust given to the Startup Village (a concept to act as an IT entrepreneurial incubator) and Jana Samparka Paripadi (Mass Contact Programme), an initiative to make governance more accessible to the people, which was recognised by the UN.