Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the lapses on the part of Left Democratic Front (LDF) activists in some constituencies resulted in the defeat of the front in the recent Assembly elections.

Addressing a felicitation meeting on his re-election to the Assembly from the Malampuzha Assembly constituency at Elappully near here on Saturday, he said the LDF had lost three constituencies, including Thrithala, in Palakkad district owing to the lethargy on the part of its workers, which helped the United Democratic Front (UDF) to crawl to power. If the LDF could win the votes it managed to get in some booths in the Malampuzha constituency, it could have won these three seats, he said.

Speaking at another meeting at Pudussery in the Malampuzha constituency, Mr. Achuthanandan said the LDF would launch a mass agitation if Railways delayed the construction of the coach factory at Kanjikode. He said the project was sanctioned three years ago and the previous LDF government had handed over 430 acres of land free-of-cost to Railways. The LDF government wanted the project to be taken up in the public sector. But Railways wanted to go for a joint venture project. So the LDF government requested Railways to consider the price of the land as equity of the State government. But the Railway Board had not taken a final decision.

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