THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Discussions on the Governor’s Address in the Assembly took the usual course when it commenced in the House on Monday, with the ruling UDF and the Opposition LDF highlighting their respective positions.
T A Ahamed Kabeer (IUML) claimed that the policy statement of the UDF Government presented by the Governor was one which projected the developmental goals of the new government without much fanfare. He said that the initiatives of the UDF Government aimed at opening up a vista of new opportunities in the state.
“Barring an interregnum, the state has had a unique development path right from the days of the EMS ministry to the present government headed by Oommen Chandy,” he said. “The UDF government is following a development policy with a leftist orientation which is above political considerations and continuity is its hallmark. This is reflected in the present government’s approach towards the major projects like Smart City, Kochi Metro Rail, Vizhinjam port and Rail Coach factory,” he said.
The government is moving on the fast track in the development front. He said that the people of the state would fully endorse the government’s policies.
“The Governor’s Address follows an all- inclusive approach and the forthcoming Budget will motivate the society further with a road map to the future. When global recession is taking its toll elsewhere, the state has overcome it through meticulous review of state finances and economic surveillance”,he said.
G Sudhakaran (CPM) termed the Governor’s Address as nothing but crap. “By belittling all the achievements of the former LDF government, the Governor has cut a sorry figure. The UDF government itself is in a precarious position,’’ he said. Thirteen ministers in the cabinet had failed to do anything worthwhile, he said.
He also said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had deviated from the democratic values which had guided him to popularity. “After Pinarayi Vijayan, now the Vigilance Department is targeting V S Achuthanandan and M A Baby. There are indications that some persons in the CM’s office and local leaders are having their own way,” he said.
P C Vishnunath and Chief Whip P C George spoke on the side of the government to counter the Opposition charges. While the former listed out the achievements of the UDF government, George raised a volley of charges against the LDF. P K Gurudasan, C Divakaran, V Sivankutty, K K Lathika and Mathew T Thomas spoke on behalf of the LDF while K N A Khader, C P Mohammed, Abdurahman Randathani and V T Balram spoke for the UDF.
The discussions on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address will continue on Tuesday.