Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in a scathing attack on the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) has urged the people to defeat the ‘politics of murder’ pursued by CPI (M) heading it in Kerala.

Inaugurating the election convention of UDF candidate M.P. Veerendrakumar at Palakkad on Monday, the Chief Minister has said that "the politics of murder of opponents using ‘quotation gangs’ has become a bane for Kerala. But the CPI (M) is not ready to correct their mistakes, politics of physical annihilation of opponents, even after the gruesome murder of T.P. Chandrasekharan at Onchiyam in Vadakara three years back that had invited strong resentment from the people across the State", he said.

"They repeated it at Peringanam in Thrissur district where an innocent youth was murdered last week allegedly by the CPI (M). Those who got arrested were CPI (M) local leaders and the conspiracy took place in their party office. This shows that the CPI (M) is not ready to correct their mistake of politics of murder. Now their explanation is that the youth was killed on a mistaken identity," the Chief Minister said.

This violent cult followed by the CPI (M) has alienated them from the people and they failed to take up the issues affecting the people.

He said that the crucial issue in this election is whether India should remain as a secular and united country of all section of the people or it should give way for communal and divisive forces represented by BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

He said that the CPI (M) which claimed to fight for secularism and against communalism in effect is helping BJP and Narendra Modi by blindly opposing the Congress Party.

KPCC President V.M. Sudheeran in his address has said that never in the history of Kerala, the CPI (M) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) starved of good candidates.

They had to continue their search for independent candidates in half a dozen constituencies ignoring their party leaders and workers. This has angered the rank and file of the LDF mass. It will adversely affect their election process.

Mr. Sudheeran has said that in Thiruvanathapuram, the LDF candidate is the head of a self finance institution where seats are traded. In many other constituencies independent candidates who have no social commitment or history of Left politics were selected.

But the CPI (M) leader justified it by stating that they had put up independent candidates even during the 1957 Assembly elections.

But then they had put up great personalities like Joseph Mundassery, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer and Dr. A.R. Menon who were known for their social and political commitments. Comparing these titans with the present independent candidates of LDF is an insult to them, Mr. Sudheeran said.

The meeting was addressed by IUML leader and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty, Kerala Congress (M) leader and Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph, CMP secretary C.P. John, Kerala Congress (Jacob) Chairman Johny Nellore among others.

The meeting was presided over by A. Ramaswamy, Chairman, UDF District committee.