Taking on the left parties Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said both Kerala and West Bengal suffered a lot under their rule, as they failed to change with the time and remained always on the wrong side of history.
Addressing an election rally in Kottayam he said both were not progressing enough because of the flawed policies of the Communists who always pursued an outdated ideology. People are aware of the damage done to West Bengal by the three decade long rule of the left front and they also failed to take Kerala forward, he said.
“Under five-year LDF rule Kerala has not progressed as much as it could have and should have. It is unfortunate these parties refuse to change with the time,” he said.
“They failed to realize that the world around us is changing fast and instead they bank on their ideology for political opportunism. Just look at what has happened in West Bengal in 30 years,” he said appealing to voters to elect the Congress led UDF government.
Chiding the Achtuthanandan government for not attracting any major investment in the last five years, he said the government failed to create a conducive climate for investment. The state also failed in taking up popular programmes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.
Instead, left parties were propagating a false campaign blaming the centre for all their woes.
The PM promised that if a Congress led government assumes power, it would lead to better co-operation between the state and centre.
Besides Kottyayam he also attended another meeting in Kollam, south Kerala. Since there were complaints that Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s meetings were sparsely attended, UDF leaders had ensured better crowd this time.