Staff Reporter

Says CPI(M) is resorting to violence in Kannur, Kasaragod

Says CPI(M) steeped in corruption in StateChandy says Congress is united and the front a consolidated forceParty has resurrected the State: Antony

KOCHI: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has accused the CPI(M) of playing "blackmail politics" against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre.

Speaking at a massive Congress rally taken out in the city in connection with the KPCC plenary session, Mr. Chennithala said unlike in Kerala, the CPI(M) had a different face in New Delhi. "In Kerala, the party is resorting to violence and fascism especially in Kannur and Kasaragod districts," he said.

"The CPI(M) is also allying with the BJP in Kerala to defeat the Congress. The party is immersed in corruption in the State and the CPI(M) State secretary is the first accused in the SNC Lavlin case," charged Mr. Chennithala.

In his address, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the State would go to the polls with the question whether to select the UDF, which brings in development or the CPI(M), which opposes everything.

The party is united in the State and the front is a consolidated force. The unity and the confidence of the party and the front should not be lost, he said.

Congress Working Committee member A.K. Antony said that the UDF should be voted back to power for the development of the State.

The UDF Government resurrected the State, which was destroyed by the LDF.

The party workers should abide by all the decisions taken by the party leadership, he said.

Union Minister Vayalar Ravi said that only the UDF could save the State from the murderous politics of the CPI(M) and lead it to economic progress.

AICC secretary Veerappa Moily urged the electorate to vote back the UDF to power.