‘Believers intelligent enough to make the right choice’
Perambra (Thrissur district): Lonappan Nambadan, Member of Parliament from the Mukundapuram Lok Sabha constituency that ceased to exist after the recent delimitation, has said that pastoral letters cannot influence the faithful.
Talking to media persons at his residence in Perambra on Easter Day, he said that believers were intelligent enough to make the right choice. “People have realised that only the Left parties can protect the rights of the minorities. When members of the minority communities were attacked in the States such as Orissa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka, no religious leader went to their rescue,” he pointed out.
Mr. Nambadan alleged that the BJP had forged a secret understanding with the Congress in places where they had no base. “The people of Chalakudy constituency know well about the unholy alliances of these parties. The electorate had proved it will not blindly favour the Congress or oppose the Left.”
Mr. Nambadan, who has been active in politics since 1959, however, is not in the campaign trail this time. Though bedridden with heart and renal problems, this seasoned politician—six-time MLA and two-time Minister before being elected to Parliament in 2004—is extending moral support to Left Democratic Front candidate U.P. Joseph. Mr. Nambadan is optimistic that Mr. Joseph would win. “The constituency needs a representative like him. He belongs to Chalakudy and is approachable,” he said.
Mr. Nambadan scored a historic majority of 1.17 lakh votes from the erstwhile Mukundapuram constituency against UDF’s Padmaja Venugopal in 2004. “The inclination of voters has not changed much in five years,” he pointed out.