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Kerala polls: BJP would not open account in Kerala, says AK Antony

Prime Minister Modi is trying to fool the people of Kerala by making empty, pre-election promises without actually responding to the demands of the state.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 09, 2016, 10.54 AM IST
KOCHI: Senior Congress leader AK Antony said this time too the BJP will not open its account in Kerala. Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that those who are taking a soft approach to the BJP now would regret later. Antony reiterated that the fight was between the UDF and the LDF this election. He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to make Kerala another Gujarat. “We want to live here peacefully, eating the food of our choice, following our customs and traditions,“ Antony said.

He said Vellappally Natesan's decision to associate with the BJP was unfortunate. BJP's policies and Sree Narayana Guru's teachings are diametrically opposite, Antony pointed out. The present BJP government is trying to implement the Sangh Parivar agenda, he said.

According to him, Prime Minister Modi is trying to fool the people of Kerala by making empty, pre-election promises without actually responding to the demands of the state. “Rubber cultivators received no help from the price stabilisation fund of the Centre. The Puttu temple firecracker accident was not declared a national tragedy. Coconut and cardamom growers are all in distress. Instead of helping them out, the Prime Minister says that the farmers' income will double in 2022,“ he said.

As the campaign entered the final phase, both Left Democratic Front (LDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) have been accusing each other of their links with the BJP . Chief minister Oommen Chandy's statement on Saturday that the main fight was between the UDF and the BJP in many constituencies was later corrected. KPCC president VM Sudheeran and Antony had also clarified that the main fight is between the UDF and the LDF.

Ex-Def Min Got Whiff of Corruption: Former defence minister AK Antony said here that it was he who first said that there could be corruption in the AgustaWestland deal way back in 2013.

He said he made such a comment after observing the proceedings of the Italian Court.Speaking at the Ernakulam Press Club, Antony said on Sunday that originally the deal was initiated in 1999 but the global tender for the deal was floated in 2002 when A B Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. He, however, added that the he was not making any allegations.

The Congress leader said many companies could not participate in the tender.

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