The need of the hour is a non-partisan and secular effort to protect the Land Reforms Act. There has been an uniform attempt by the UDF government to derail the process of reclamation of public land that was initiated by the predecessor LDF government. Comrade V S Achuthanandan writes.
Subin Dennis tries to analyse and reason out the electoral results following assembly elections in Kerala. He argues that a lot went right for the Left Democratic Front on account of its good performance in government, while reasons for the good returns for the sectarian parties in the opposition - the Muslim League and the Kerala Congress (Mani) can be nailed down to class factors.
With less than a week to go for the state assembly polls, there is a renewed surge in favour of the LDF in Kerala. This is indicated not just by the poor turn out at rallies addressed by Sonia Gandhi and A K Antony or the rousing reception LDF campaigners, especially the irrepressible Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan is receiving across the state but by the conspicuous shift in the attitude of sections who had voted against the Left in the last Lok Sabha and Local bodies polls. The realization of the far reaching national and international political implications of a UDF return to power in the state is driving an unexpected late rally by the Left. Whatever may be the outcome of the elections, this political recovery is inspiring for the progressive forces in the state and outside.
Interview with T. M. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister of Kerala and Central Committee Member of the CPI (M), conducted on 2nd November 2010 by R.Ramakumar, following declaration of results to the 2010 local body elections in Kerala. The results to the elections can be seen here .
"The controversy surrounding the Ponnani constituency in north Kerala has been enlivening the election scene in Kerala for the last two weeks. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has never won this Parliament constituency since 1978. In this context, it is but natural that the well-wishers of the LDF wonder about the reasons behind the present controversy. The issue in Ponnani, as far as the CPI (M) is concerned, is not limited to winning a seat. It is a part of the Party’s strategy that seeks to fundamentally change the balance of political forces in Kerala.",writes CPI(M) Central Committee member T.M.Thomas Issac.
With a bright record of unprecedented successes in the spheres of development and welfare, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala enters into the third year. The main feature — which makes the LDF government unique — is the pursuit of alternative policies to render optimum solace to the common man even as all over the country they face the phenomenon of food deficiency and acute price rise due to globalisation. Chief Minister V. S. Achutanandan writes.