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Ker CM begins 'Navodhana Yatra'

Kerala CM AK Antony on April 20, 2004 kicked off his 'Navodhana Yatra' to seek votes, asserting that his party's sole aim was to "oust the fascist BJP-led NDA Government" at the centre.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Manjeswaram, Kerala
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2004 08:10 PM IST

Projecting a new "united face" of Congress party in the state, Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony on Tuesday kicked off his 'Navodhana Yatra' to seek votes, asserting that his party's sole aim was to "oust the fascist BJP-led NDA Government" at the Centre.

"This time the sole agenda before the Congress is to oust the fascist BJP-led NDA Government which has degraded India's image among the global community", Antony told a meeting at Hosangady near here beginning his fortnight-long road show.

The 45-year Congress rule could ensure development on socialist pattern and enhance the country's image among the global community but the NDA government's six-year tenure has helped only in eroding the hard-earned image, he said.

"Today, we witness a strange phenomenon whereby India is showing shyness in openly expressing herself against the misdeeds of US imperialism and other happenings around the world. By increasing unemployment and merciless divestment of profit-making PSUs, the BJP has spoiled the country's image," he said, stressing the need for installing a Congress-led secular Government at the Centre.

Coming down heavily on the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front opposition in the state, he said unlike other states, Kerala could not tread the development path primarily owing to the "anti-development policies" pursued by the LDF over the past years.

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