Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has won the first round in the Parliament elections even as the United Democratic Front (UDF) was grappling with its candidates’ list and the mutiny within the party over the selection of certain candidates.

Inaugurating the LDF election committee office for the Alappuzha parliamentary constituency here on Saturday, Dr. Isaac dared the Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy to consider the forthcoming elections as an assessment of the LDF government’s performance.

Comparison

The LDF was ready for a comparison of its three-year-old governance with the five-year-long regime of the UDF. The LDF would win hands down with every section of the society, from government employees to workers in traditional industries, being happy with the government’s performance till date, he said.

Mr. Isaac also played down the Opposition’s criticism on the differences of opinion within the LDF, saying that whatever slight arguments there might be within the alliance, the political aim of all Left parties was the same and this would keep them united. Expressing confidence that the Janata Dal’s unfortunate dispute over seat-sharing would be solved, Dr. Isaac said all issues would be sorted out at the earliest and that all LDF allies would jointly fight the polls.

‘BJP isolated’

On the national scenario, Dr. Isaac said the BJP was becoming increasingly isolated in mainstream politics with the party unable to string up alliances with any party in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu.

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