In a vibrant inauguration ceremony at the Paivalike Higher Secondary School near Manjeshwar, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the LDF government’s ambitious public outreach initiative, ‘Nava Kerala Sadas.’ The event, aimed at providing a direct platform for citizens to voice their grievances, saw the chief minister delving into political content that couldn’t be overlooked.
During his speech, Pinarayi Vijayan touched upon the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict, taking a dig at the Congress for allegedly ‘forcing’ the IUML to boycott the Sadas. Despite the intended focus on public grievances, the political undertones were evident as the CM criticized India’s stance on the international stage.
The CM, along with ministers, is set to embark on a 36-day tour across all 140 assembly constituencies in a modified bus to engage with the public and address their concerns. Special counters were set up at the inauguration venue for citizens to submit their complaints.
Pinarayi emphasized the critical phase the country is going through, expressing concern about the threat to democratic and secular ideals. He criticized India’s support for Israel in the Palestine-Israel conflict, stating that it goes against the majority of nations supporting Palestine.
The chief minister also took aim at the economic policies of the Modi government and accused the Congress of being unable to oppose the Union government’s wrong policies due to their alignment with similar ideologies.
Addressing the fiscal challenges faced by the state government, Pinarayi asserted that the federal nature of the country is being challenged, highlighting the denial of approximately Rs 57,000 crore that could otherwise be used for development and welfare.
While acknowledging the UDF’s decision to abstain from Nava Kerala Sadas programs, Pinarayi expressed disappointment that the Muslim League MLA of Manjeshwar had to adhere to decisions imposed by the UDF leadership. He emphasized that this decision did not reflect the stance of the Muslim League leadership, attempting to create a distinction between the Muslim League and the Congress.
In addition to political commentary, the chief minister took a moment to criticize the media for allegedly spreading ‘fake news’ about the luxury bus designated for ministers during their constituency tours.
The meeting, presided over by Revenue Minister K Rajan, saw the presence of key officials, including chief secretary V Venu, district panchayat president Baby Balakrishnan, and Kasaragod Collector K Inbasekar. As the Nava Kerala Sadas unfolds, it remains a platform where political dynamics and national issues converge with the aim of addressing public concerns.