Kochi: Opening his election campaign in the communist bastion, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused the Left and the Third Front of weakening secular forces and helping installation of a communal government led by the BJP.
He also said the communists were often on the “wrong side” of history.
“The Left Front or the so-called Third Front can never by themselves for a government at the Centre. They can only divide the secular votes. Thereby, they can only strengthen the BJP,” he said addressing an election meeting at the nearby Veli grounds in Pallurthy, the first after his recovery from the recent heart bypass surgery.
Singh said the people of Kerala, a state known for its communal amity and harmony, should ponder if they approve of the role of the Left Front in weakening the secular forces at the Centre and install a communal government led by the BJP.
Singh asked the people to choose between the stability of the Congress and the coalition of parties which have come together only by the “glue of government” in which there will be a continuous struggle for power.
Needling the communists, “The Left that rules the state has unfortunately often been on the wrong side of history. When Mahatma Gandhi started Quit India movement the Left did not participate in it. When India became Independent, they said this independence is not for real,” he said.
Singh said in 1960s when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ushered in Green Revolution, the Left opposed it saying it was only for the benefit of foreign seed companies.
Similarly, he said, when Rajiv Gandhi started the communication revolution they opposed it saying it will take away jobs.
“When our government started nuclear deal with the US to end India’s nuclear isolation and to provide the much-needed energy for development, the Left opposed and walked out of our government. Time will prove the wisdom of our decision,” the prime minister said.
The Prime Minister said the people of Kerala would choose the Congress candidates with a thumping majority and not support those who play on the emotions for narrow partisan political ends.
He said the Left Front has been using ideology as a cover for opportunity and the people of Kerala will recognise this hypocrisy.
Singh also attacked the Left Front in Kerala contending that the “unfriendly” policies of the state government have kept people away from development.
He accused the Left Front government of “squandering and wasting” opportunities for development by pursuing “restrictive policies” and suggested that several districts bordering Kerala have emerged as investment destinations.