THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday lashed out at the opposition Congress and the BJP for joining hands with the Left Front government and said the Center was using various investigative agencies to topple the state government as it “cannot buy MLAs in the state”.
Vijayan said that the Congress and the BJP have publicly joined hands to fight leftist candidates in local bodies elections.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the “Web Rally” organized by the Left Democratic Front as part of an online campaign for the upcoming local bodies elections.
“The central government, knowing that the government of Kerala cannot be overthrown by buying legislators, is using investigative agencies for the same purpose.
The Congress and the Muslim League are encouraging the center, ”Vijayan said.
He pointed out that several independent candidates across the state, with the joint support of the Congress and the BJP, are fighting the election.
The chief minister asked why the state Congress did not say a single word against the BJP despite all the countrywide protests against the saffron party.
“Our state is very advanced in fighting communalism and upholding secularism.
We stand strong for what is right and our stand is not to please communal elements. Leftists are not willing to go down to the political level for the sake of some votes, ”said Vijayan.
He also allegedly joined the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) with the Jamaat-e-Islami-promoted welfare party and said that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) would understand the mistake after the election.
“In all elections, usually the opposition parties ask people what the government has done for the government, but this election will not raise this question anywhere.
People feel good about the change that is seen in the state, ”said Vijayan.
As the whole world is reeling under COVID-19, Kerala has become a role model for the country in the midst of the economic crisis and is providing free treatment, rations, social welfare pensions and other matters.
Vijayan said, “We are not a rich state. Our coffers are not filled but we are filled with our commitment to the poor people of the state.”
The first phase of the three-phase voting on December 8 will cover the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanammatta, Alappuzha and Idukki.
The second phase will be held on December 10 in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad. The third and final phase will be held on December 14 in Malluppuram, Ko Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod.
Over 2.76 crore voters cast their votes to elect representatives for 941 Gram Panchayats, 152 Block Panchayats, 14 District Panchayats, 86 Municipalities and six Municipalities.
The count will be on December 16th.


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