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Updated: May 13, 2011 15:59 IST

LDF will sit in opposition: Achuthanandan

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Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan arrives at the Palakkad counting centre on Friday after he was declared elected from Malampuzha Assembly constituency.
PTI Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan arrives at the Palakkad counting centre on Friday after he was declared elected from Malampuzha Assembly constituency.

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today attributed the UDF’s victory to “polarisation of communal forces” and said the Left Front would not try to form a government by exploiting the slender UDF victory margin.

“We accept the people’s verdict. We will sit in the Opposition and continue to fight corruption,” the 87-year-old veteran Marxist leader told reporters in Palakkad after the Congress-led UDF came to power by a wafer-thin majority.

An unruffled Mr. Achuthanandan said he saw the outcome, in a way ’as the recognition of the good work done by the government in the last five years.’ Asked who would lead the LDF in the Assembly, he said it will be decided (by the party) later.

On the Left Front’s defeat in West Bengal, he said the rivals’ propaganda that CPI(M) had deviated from its core commitments and ideological positions seemed to have clicked with the voters.

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