Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has said the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the State lacks confidence to face the voters in the forthcoming general election.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday on the sidelines of the ‘Kerala Raksha March’ being led by him, Mr. Chennithala said this lack of confidence was evident in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) through the contradictory statements made by Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury and CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on the election being an assessment of the State government’s performance.

While Mr. Vijayan had stated that the election would be an appraisal of the government, Mr. Yechury had an entirely different opinion, he said.

Third front

Reiterating that the return of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to power at the Centre was essential to protect the country’s secular fabric, Mr. Chennithala said the Left parties’ attempts to forge a third front suffered a setback with only Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu offering some support. The stance of AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa was not clear, he said.

‘Unholy nexus’

Stating that the Left forces were losing their political significance, the KPCC chief said that only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would reach power if the Left went ahead with its present agenda.

The unholy nexus between the CPI(M) and the BJP had been exposed through CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s statement that there would be no alliance with the Congress even after the elections, he said.

VS criticised

Mr. Chennithala said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had cheated the public by becoming an opportunist and attending the ‘Nava Kerala Yatra.’

The shallowness of Mr. Achuthanandan’s stance against corruption was exposed. He should clarify his actual position on the SNC Lavalin deal to the public, he said.

Pressure tactics

He said the CPI(M) was employing pressure tactics to delay permission for prosecuting Mr. Vijayan in the Lavalin case.

Demanding that the Advocate General’s office should act impartially, Mr. Chennithala said the United Democratic Front would launch an agitation if permission for prosecution was delayed.