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LDF workers take out victory marches

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What a win! P. K. Vasudevan Nair and Varkala Radhakrishnan, who won handsomely from Thiruvananthapuram and Chirayinkeezhu respectively, share their jubilation over the LDF's historic victory in Kerala. Photo: S. Gopakumar

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 13. With the LDF candidates in Thiruvananthapuram and Chirayinkeezhu registering thumping victories, LDF activists took out victory marches in different parts of the State capital city and the district.

The jubilation in the city began as soon as the LDF candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, P. K. Vasudevan Nair, established a clear lead over the UDF's V. S. Sivakumar.

Workers including CITU activists, started coming out in large numbers hailing Mr. Nair and other candidates who registered impressive wins all over the State.

They raised slogans against the UDF and expressed joy in thwarting the attempt of the NDA to open an account in the capital.

`Communalism has more market value'

The defeat of the NDA in Thiruvananthapuram had proved that communalism has more `market value' than developmental issues, the NDA candidate, O. Rajagopal, told presspersons here this evening.

He said he had focussed his campaign on the development initiatives of the NDA Government under the leadership of A. B. Vajpayee. The `experiment', however, did not yield the desired result as the LDF and the UDF had teamed up to undermine the achievements of the NDA Government.

The religious fundamentalists forces had helped the LDF and the UDF to defeat the BJP, he said.

Mr. Rajagopal thanked the voters for the support extended to him and said that he accepted the verdict against the NDA at the national level.

Shanawaz calls for introspection

M. I. Shanawaz, the Congress candidate in the Chirayinkeezhu Lok Sabha constituency, wanted the leadership of his party to make an introspection into its utterly disappointing performance in Kerala.

Describing his defeat at the hands of the CPI(M) opponent at Chirayinkeezhu as totally unexpected, Mr. Shanawaz attributed it to factors which could not be gauged. "I could not read them and was expecting a very close finish. However, I accept the verdict of the people with all humility", he said when contacted over telephone.

This was not the end of the road for the Congress in the State. "Nothing is lost forever", he said. This debacle was only a temporary phenomenon. A stock taking was imperative and the ground realities had to be taken into consideration. A comprehensive action plan for the future would do the party a lot of good, he added.

He will be touring the constituency in the next couple of days to meet the party workers and to thank the voters, Mr. Shanawaz said.

LDF worker dies

A 22-year-old CPI (M) worker was killed and 10 others injured when a lorry carrying LDF workers celebrating the victory of Varkala Radhakrishnan in Chirayinkeezhu Lok Sabha constituency lost control and rammed against a wall near the Azhoor Ganapathy temple this afternoon. The police identified the deceased as Shaji. An official said the LDF workers who were standing inside the cargo bay of the lorry were thrown out under the impact of the collision. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. Shaji sustained a fatal head injury in the accident while the other LDF workers escaped with minor injuries. The body of Shaji was being kept at the Medical College Hospital (MCH) mortuary for post-mortem examination. Senior CPI (M) leaders, including Varkala Radhakrishnan, called on the bereaved family members.

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