Chandy to go the Buddha way
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Chandy to go the Buddha way

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy claims he sleeps only three hours a day. But his 21-hour work schedule hasn?t fetched him many political dividends. However, he isn?t ready to dilute his development agenda. Excerpts from an interview with Ramesh Babu:

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 02:34 IST

Even before assembly polls, the UDF was wringing its hands in despair.

Not true. The Thiruvananthapuram by-poll and local bodies polls aren’t indices of assembly polls. We fared well in the local bodies poll and got 80,000 more votes than last time in the by-poll. The BJP traded its votes to ensure our defeat. We have a better chance in the assembly polls since they’re fought on a wider canvas.

The BJP is in favour of a grand alliance in West Bengal and Kerala.

We’re aware of the BJP’s game plan. It is meant to weaken the Congress. But it will never happen.

Is the Left-Karunakaran combination proving too lethal for you?

It’s a pity Karunakaran is taking credit for the LDF’s victories. If he's so powerful, why hasn't the Left opened its doors to him? Now that he’s outside the Congress, the damage he can cause is minimal.

What’s your slogan for assembly polls?

“Development and care”. With IT, BT and tourism, we are in for a big leap. I keep telling my Left friends not to oppose development projects. The CPM should allow me to do what Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is doing in West Bengal.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 02:34 IST