Shashi Tharoor is one of the star campaigners of the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala. He has interacted with a cross-section of people to prepare the party’s manifesto for the April 6 assembly elections. Tharoor, an MP from Thiruvananthapuram, spoke to Hindustan Times about UDF’s prospects, BJP’s threat and many other issues prior Kerala assembly polls. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
“I think we are poised for a comfortable victory. The arrogance, violent politics and corruption of the LDF government, coupled with gross financial mismanagement, have created anti-incumbency. In addition, our “people’s manifesto”, arrived at after extensive consultations, and our list of candidates, featuring 55% fresh faces, have inspired confidence. Against the proven corruption over which the LDF has presided, we offer far-reaching welfare provisions, major educational reform, and an investor-friendly approach that will generate much-needed revenues for the state, whereas the LDF has been shamelessly piling on debt for future generations to pay.”