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Thiruvananthapuram: The 39-day campaign for Saturday’s by-poll in the Aruvikara assembly constituency reached a crescendo on Thursday, the last day of campaign, with the top leaders of the rival political fronts engaged in a war of words.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy  told reporters in the constituency  that the Left opposition has nothing new to say and during the entire campaign it has been just repeating what it has been saying on the solar scam and the bar scam.

“The people of the state have rejected both these allegations as there is no evidence to support these allegations…when the results come, the Left opposition candidate will end up in the third place,” said Chandy.

The Congress has fielded K.A. Sabarinathan, son of late speaker G. Karthikeyan, who represented this constituency for 24 years before passing away in March this year.

The CPI-M has fielded former speaker and minister, M. Vijayakumar, while the BJP has fielded 85-year-old  O. Rajagopal.

CPI-M politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, whose behind the curtains activities and poll campaign management drew heavy flak from the Congress,  onThursday finally broke his silence and slammed the Chandy government.

“The Chandy government will be given a fitting lesson by the electorate at Aruvikara…,” said Vijayan.

State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran told reporters on Thursday that the days are numbered for Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan.

Incidentally, Chandy has already gone on record that the outcome of the polls would be a referendum on his four years in office and that it would be the same for the Left opposition also.

“They even today are interested in instilling fear in the minds of the people as was evident when early this month an explosion in a ‘bomb making unit of the party’ in Kannur saw two of their members die and three of their party members getting arrested,” Chandy said.

Her added: “We have gone to the people of Aruvikara with our agenda of ‘development and care’ and we will win the poll.”

(IANS)

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Kerala Nurse’s Kids Education To Be Sponsored By UAE Expats

A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

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Two Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneurs have pledged to support the two children of a Kerala nurse who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in the Indian state.

A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

Santhi Pramot and Jyothi Pallat, executive directors of Avitis Institute of Medical Sciences in Palghat in Kerala, told the Khaleej Times they have pledged to sponsor the education of Puthussery’s two sons, aged 2 and 7.

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Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything. Pixabay

Hailing her dedication, Santhi Pramot, who lives with her family in Abu Dhabi, said: “What she did is a heroic sacrifice in the line of duty. We want to take a small step to honour her devotion to the nursing profession and also support the family in their grief.
“We have contacted the family and informed them that their sons’ education till they are self-reliant is our responsibility.

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“We are in the healthcare profession and are aware of the sacrifices and hardships of medical nurses. It was indeed a heart-breaking incident that she died while attending to her patients,” Pramot said.
Meanwhile, Puthussery’s brother-in-law Jayakumar Velom, a Sharjah resident, said Lini aspired to work in the Gulf.

“Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything,” Velom told the daily.
In a final note that Puthussery scribbled for her husband in a hospital isolation unit, she urged him to take care of their children and take them to the Gulf. (IANS)

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