Karunakaran asks party workers to realise the importance of the polls
PATHANAMTHITTA: Democratic Indira Congress(Karunakaran) (DIC-K) leader K. Karunakaran has called upon the DIC(K) as well as the Congress workers to function unitedly, realising the importance of the forthcoming elections, so as to ensure them victory.
Mr. Karunakaran was addressing the public at the Aranmula Aykara junction in connection with the election campaign of DIC(K) candidate Malethu Saraladevi here on Saturday afternoon.
"There may be difference of opinion, but it is of prime importance to win the forthcoming polls at any cost and reach the State Legislature," he said.
Mr. Karunakaran said no one could sideline him in politics, adding that age was not a problem for him. However, he said he had to take certain "painful decisions on the basis of certain principles."
He said the "wrongdoings in the past should not be repeated." "There were suicides of farmers, atrocities against women, denial of education and employment opportunities, and the State will have a Government sans such situations soon."
Hinting at the negative impact of the rebel menace facing the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the constituencies of Aranmula, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvalla, Mr. Karunakaran called upon the people not to send rebels to the State Assembly. He said K.K. Nair who was contesting as an Independent was brought into the Congress fold by him.
Mr. Karunakaran said he had campaigned in all the 140 Assembly constituencies in the 2001 elections and twice in Cherthala from where the former Chief Minister A.K. Antony was elected. DIC(K) candidate Malethu Saraladevi, DIC(K) district president R. Induchoodan, District Congress Committee vice-president Mathews P. Abraham also spoke. Mr. Karunakaran also addressed a public meeting at Pandalam.