Keep Communal Forces Away From Power: Antony - The New Indian Express

Keep Communal Forces Away From Power: Antony

Published: 04th April 2014 09:53 AM

Last Updated: 04th April 2014 10:23 AM

Coming down heavily on the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Defence Minister A K Antony has said that Modi’s Prime Ministership would be unthinkable for Keralites.

Addressing UDF candidate K V Thomas’ election convention in Kochi on Thursday, Antony said the Congress-led front should be brought to power in the Lok Sabha polls to keep the communal forces at bay.

“The Congress-led front should be voted to power as we need to keep the communal forces and political violence away from power. Also, it will be a vote for development,” he said.

Already, the government under Oommen Chandy has been carrying out a lot of developmental activities here. This time, the fight will be between the communal and non-communal forces. Also, it will be a contest between development and non-development, he said. 

Antony said that if the UPA comes to power again, the focus would be on bringing in the Right To Health legislation.

“The attempt will be to ensure free treatment and healthcare to everyone through the Right To Health legislation,” he said.

“Also, there are many issues related to educational loan. We have been getting representations from students regarding educational loans,” he said.

“Once the UPA comes to power again, we will ensure that educational loans are given without interest,” Antony said.

Exuding confidence that the UDF would sweep the seats in Kerala, Antony said there is a strong sentiment against the CPM’s violent politics in Kerala.

“The CPM is going away from the people due to its political violence. On the on side there is the Congress with its developmental agenda, and on the other side the politics of violence,” he pointed out.

Prominent UDF leaders, including A C Jose, K M Mani, K Babu, Benny Behanan and Anoop Jacob, were also present at the convention.

As part of his campaign, Antony addressed voters at various points in the constituency.

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