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Congress-led UPA will return to power : Oommen Chandy

Opposition leader in the Kerala assembly Oomen Chandy today accused the Left parties of promoting communal forces.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 13:38 IST

Opposition leader in the Kerala assembly Oomen Chandy on Friday accused the Left parties of promoting communal forces.Since 1977 when Marxists joined hands with the Jan Sangh till 1999 when the BJP first came to power, it was the CPM which helped communal forces ‘by blindly pursuing an anti-Congress policy’, he told a ‘Meet The Leader’ programme, organised by the Calicut Press Club in Kozhikode.

The Congress-led UPA, having provided the much-needed ‘political stability’ during its current term, will return to power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls, he said.‘The people are witness to a government that protects the nation’s secular credentials and also provides political stability. The Manmohan Singh-led Government had also ensured that India was not affected very severely by the onslaught of global financial meltdown, therefore, the Congress-led UPA will be voted back to power for another term’, he said.

Asked about several UPA allies moving away from the Congress just before the polls, Chandy said ‘it is wrong to say so. Actually, the Congress has allowed its partners to have their own arrangements in their respective states. For that matter, even Lalu Prasad’s RJD is very much an ally of the UPA now’, he said.Reacting to CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat’s remarks that Congress was a ‘sinking boat’, he said ‘let us wait till the elections are over to get an answer to it’.

AICC President Sonia Gandhi would campaign in Vatakara, Thrissur, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram on April 8, while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be in Kochi and Kozhikode on April 11, he said.

First Published: Apr 03, 2009 13:32 IST