Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal and Kollam MP P. Rajendran said that LDF expects the outcome of the Assembly elections to be a repeat of the May 2004 Lok Sabha elections in the district during which both the LDF candidates had secured handsome majorities in the 12 Assembly segments.

At a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Rajagopal said that winning all the 12 constituencies this time would mean a much better performance by the LDF than in the 1987 polls when the LDF won 11 of the 12 seats in the district. He said that the general anti-UDF mood in the State is the aspect that the LDF relies the most for the expected victory. While the voters have accepted the LDF candidates in the district, the voters seem to have second thoughts about many of the UDF candidates.

Mr. Rajagopal said the LDF would win back the Kottarakara seat, which it lost in 1987, as the UDF candidate, R. Balakrishna Pillai, does not enjoy the support of the bulk of UDF voters in the constituency. He said that the UDF claims of cashew factories remaining open now would help their candidates was wishful thinking. He said more factories have been closed down now.