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‘Political hartals are the bane of Kerala’

If you ask Chief Minister Oommen Chandy what the single-biggest deterrent to Kerala's progress is, pat comes his reply: 'The calling of hartals (shutdowns) at the drop of a hat by political parties'.

Chandy, in an interaction with editors and senior journalists in the capital city ahead of an event to showcase how investor-friendly the state has become, underlined the need for greater political consensus on the need to prevent frequent shutdowns. The event is set to be launched by PM Manmohan Singh at Kochi 12 Sep.  The event will see potential investors from 52 countries congregating at Kochi. Nearly 2,500 other guests are expected, including ambassadors, high commissioners and ministers.

'Gone are the days when our state was known for bad labour practices. Today, not a single unit in our state is closed down due to labour unrest. This is a huge improvement from the past. But even today, the single biggest hindrance to prospective investors is the calling of shutdowns by political parties at the drop of a hat,' Chandy said.
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