The Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy has termed the UDF victory in the local body elections as ‘secular victory’.

Speaking to media persons at his residence at Puthuppally on Sunday, Mr. Chandy said the with declaration of results of the civic elections in Kozhikkode finalised, the complete picture of the local body elections in the State has been out. “This is the biggest UDF victory in the history of local body elections in the State,”, he said.

“In a democracy no one can run away from a defeat,” Mr Chandy said. “However, it remains a fact that compared to the local body elections in 2005 at Kodzhikkode, the UDF has made a big come back,” he said.

According to Mr Chandy the results of the local body elections was the people’s judgment in the four and a half year long political struggle taken up by the UDF against the anti people policies of the State government. All sections of people have joined the UDF in this fight and as such this is a secular victory, he said.

The Opposition Leader alleged that the CPI(M) used to play the communal card during the elections. This time too, they were the first to drag in the issue of communalism into the campaign. “During the parliament elections, they played minority communalism and got drubbed by the secular forces. This time they played majority communal card and was defeated by the same forces,” he said.

Terming the results of Kozhikkode elections as a extension of the results of the local body elections elsewhere in the State, Mr. Chandy said the out come in individual wards and divisions will be analysed later. “UDF would have been able to register a better victory if elections were held in a just manner in the districts of Kasargod, Kannur and Kozhkkode” Mr Chandy said and added that the UDF workers had to function in a difficult situation in these districts.

Reacting to question, Mr Chandy said Congress (I) had never endorsed any one as a chief ministerial candidate before assembly elections.

“The chief minister will be selected by the MLAs and the High Command,” he said and added that there was no controversy surrounding the UDF chief ministerial candidate after the next assembly elections in the State.

To another question, he said he welcomed the good work put in by K. Muraleedharan in the just concluded civic elections. “However, the issue of his return to the party will be one that will be taken by the party and not by any individual leader,” he said.

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