With a section of office-bearers clamouring for his replacement, District Congress Committee president K.C. Abu has defended his role in taking the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) to historic wins in the three-tier local body elections.

Mr. Abu, along with the DCC vice president E.K. Gopalakrishnan, said at a press meet here on Thursday that the Congress had given a remarkable performance in the civic body polls. Kozhikode was one of the nine districts in the State in which the UDF had made a striking comeback. The UDF won 38 out of the 75 grama panchayats and the Congress nominees were elected presidents in 17 grama panchayats, they said.

Some district and State-level leaders have been demanding Mr. Abu's removal from his post for his failure in pulling off a victory in the Kozhikode city Corporation council and the two municipalities.

Some leaders had also apprised the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee that the DCC president was not wholeheartedly involved in electioneering.

Mr. Abu said the UDF had won 31 of the 55 wards in the Kozhikode Corporation. He alleged that the LDF could not win hands down despite influencing the delimitation process. The results revealed that the mandate was in favour of the Congress-led coalition contrasting the claims made by vested interests.

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