KOZHIKODE: Development is the key issue in Vadakara and the candidates are engaged in a war of words over the neglect of the constituency in the past.
The three major candidates, sitting MLA and LDF candidate C. K. Nanu (JD-S), UDF’s first-timer Manayath Chandran (JD-U) and NDA’s M. Rajesh Kumar faced one another at a meet-the-press programme organised by Calicut Press Club on Tuesday. RMP’s K.K. Rema could not attend the meet and her message was read out.
While Mr Nanu explained the developments he had brought to Vadakara constituency, Mr Manayath Chandran refuted his claims. Mr Rajesh Kumar said that both his rivals were working together till some years ago and that they had no right to blame each other.
Mr Nanu claimed that he could initiate many development schemes, especially in aided schools. However, Mr Rajesh said a historic institution like Government College, Madappally, could not make it to the list of top educational institutions.
Mr Chandran said that he would carry out the work of the four-lane highway without evicting the residents. But Mr Nanu said that the possible method was giving the owners suitable compensation and acquiring the land.
Ms Rema, in her statement, promised to work against murder politics and fascism. She hoped the commoners would recognise her as one among them. Mr Nanu dismissed any connection with murder politics and added that he was against political murders and attacks.
Mr Rajesh said that the UDF and RMP were in a seat-sharing pact as in the case of the local body elections. Mr Chandran said that with Ms Rema’s entry into the poll fray, the LDF will lose its share of votes....