Kerala’s finances in black and white

Kerala Finance Minister T. M. Thomas IsaacThiruvananthapuram: “The State has been living on a financial lie,” declares the White Paper on State Finances tabled in Kerala Assembly by Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac on Thursday.

The Paper accuses the previous United Democratic Government (UDF) of inflating Plan size and not providing for expenses in the annual budgets.

Suspense over liquor policy

Bar-signboardThiruvananthapuram: Governor P. Sathasivam’s address to Kerala Assembly on Friday has resulted in suspense over the new government’s liquor policy.

“My Government is of the view that restrictions on consumption of liquor have not yielded the desired positive impact. The increase in the use and availability of drugs in the State is disturbing. The opinion of people of all sections of the society will be taken into account before my Government formulates its policy stand,” the Governor said.

Congress fails to redeem itself

Congress symbolThiruvananthapuram:  Political factions in the Kerala unit of the Congress are continuing their pressure tactics to retain their grip on the party.

In this process, they ignore reasons for the party’s defeat in the Assembly elections and steps needed to redeem the party from the abyss it has fallen into.

What mattered in the choice of Chief Minister

V. S. Achuthanandan (file photo)The choice of former party State secretary Pinarai Vijayan as Chief Minister of Kerala would have been the only option before the CPI (M)  under the given the circumstances, though it negates popular sentiment. However, voter support was indeed for veteran leader V. S. Achuthanandan.

At the same time, the people of Kerala were not satisfied with what a hyper-active Chief Minister like Oommen Chandy has delivered. So, the LDF will need an energetic man if it is to better Mr. Chandy.


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