UDF, LDF Join Hands to Target BJP For ‘Dwindling’ Central Schemes

Both UDF and LDF allege that the BJP is resorting to populist measures to gain a foothold in non-BJP ruled states.

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Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

The Centre’s decision to slash its financial contribution to various Central schemes for the state has come in for scathing criticism from both the ruling front and the opposition in Kerala.

Both the Congress-led UDF and the Opposition LDF allege that the Bharatiya Janata Party is resorting to populist measures to gain a foothold in non-BJP ruled states by first destabilising the economic status quo and then following it up with special packages.

As elections approach, the Centre announces political packages, putting the State in the dock before the people and as if doing a favour to the states. This is part of the Sangh Parivar conspiracy.

VD Satheesan, Congress MLA

When the Central package for prominent social welfare schemes is diminished in terms of financial aid, it triggers a shortage of food in anganwadis, non-plying of JNNURM buses, a drop in quality of mid-day meals served in government schools, thereby portraying the respective non-BJP state governments in bad light.

The Sangh Parivar – Congress and Left leaders allege – then steps in with the BJP’s Central aid in the form of special packages to cash in on the existing scenario, so as to reap dividends for the upcoming 2016 Assembly elections in the state.

This creates a situation of political prejudice.

Thomas Isaac, CPM leader

Whether this will enable the two fronts to join forces in taking on a resurgent BJP in Kerala remains to be seen.

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