Terming the inaugural speech of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Emerging Kerala as ‘disappointing’ BJP state president V Muraleedharan said that the speech has proved that the state government’s claims of Kerala a better place for investments is hollow.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that the inaugural day of the Emerging Kerala is very disappointing.
“The Prime Minister has not announced a single project for the state during his inaugural speech. If he goes by the tall claims of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty that Kerala has emerged as an investment destination, the Prime Minister would have announced any development projects. But, now it has proved that the Prime Minister does not believe in the state government led by his own party colleague Oommen Chandy.”
He further said that all the apprehensions raised against the Emerging Kerala has now turned out to be genuine. “The BJP has earlier said that the investment meet is a mere farce which only intends to do real estate business. When we compare Emerging Kerala to the Global Investors Meet (GIM) held in 2003, Muraleedharan said that then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced a total of Rs 10,000 crore projects for the state during the inaugural speech. But this time the Union government is not ready to invest in the state from the very fact that emerged from the investment meet is that it is organised to spend public money for no reason.”
As part of protests, the BJP will organise three-day-long symbolic protest march demanding the protection of lands in the state from Nelliyampathy to Palakkad collectorate starting from Thursday.