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"CPI-M policies harmful"

Kerala can't grow unless CPI-M abandoned policy that "proved detrimental" to the economy, UDF Convenor Oommen Chandy said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Kasaragod
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2004 01:39 PM IST

Kerala could not think of attaining a growth oriented economy unless the main opposition CPI-M abandoned pursuing a policy "that proved detrimental" to the state's economic growth, ruling United Democratic Front Convenor Oommen Chandy said on Friday.

"The CPI(M) should first abandon policies that harm the steady growth of Kerala's economy so as to enable the state to move ahead on the economic front," Chandy said, inaugurating the "Yuvabodhana Yatra" from Cheemeni to Kasaragod.

The yatra is a prelude to Chief Minister A K Antony's whirlwind election tour across 140 assembly segments in the state, which begins from here on April 20 to lead the UDF campaign for the May 10 Lok Sabha polls.

He expressed confidence that expelled Congress leader and former Kasaragod DCC Chief Kodoth Govindan Nair would be re-admitted to the parent party ahead of the ensuing polls.

Later, the UDF convenor chaired a steering committee of UDF constituents in Kannur to chalk out strategies for the victory of Mullappally Ramachandran, the Congress nominee contesting from Kannur.

Earlier, talking to media persons at Kasaragod, Cooperation Minister and CMP leader M V Raghavan said the UDF would win more seats and the past squabbles within the Congress factions would not affect the prospects of UDF nominees.

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