Thiruvananthapuram

A vote against caste politics: Prasanth

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CPI(M)’s V.K. Prasanth, who emerged victorious in the Vattiyurkavu byelection, has said that the electoral outcome is a snub for caste identity-driven politics.

Referring to the Nair Service Society (NSS)’s campaign in support of the United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate K. Mohankumar, Mr. Prasanth said that the constituency had chosen the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as its ‘right distance’. “Vattiyurkavu has proven to be a model for the State by keeping caste, religion and community considerations at bay. The electoral outcome has proved that not many were in favour of community organisations dabbling in politics,” he said.

Mr. Prasanth added that he could not have secured over 50,000 votes without the support of all cross-sections. He also benefited from the neutral voters as well as a significant portion of the UDF and BJP traditional vote bases.

According to him, the victory was a positive vote for the performances of both the State government and the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, both of which were ruled by the LDF.

Mr. Mohankumar, while accepting defeat, said that the outcome was “not unexpected.” He said that the LDF had commenced their poll preparations well in advance by positioning Mr. Prasanth as the apt candidate, prior to the announcement of the byelection. “The LDF had orchestrated the relief activities, carried out in the aftermath of the floods, to project Mr. Prasanth as an able leader,” he said.

While he was satisfied with the efforts of the UDF campaign machinery, Mr. Mohankumar expressed doubts on whether the Congress-led coalition could succeed in countering a propaganda which sought to appropriate him as a representative of a particular community organisation.

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate S. Suresh, who was relegated to the third position, attributed his defeat to the confusion that prevailed during the selection of candidate. Besides, the heavy downpour on the polling day also adversely impacted his prospects. He added that the stance of certain community organisations also influenced the outcome.

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