Kerala

BJP, JIH helped UDF, claims CPI(M)

The Communist Party of India ( Marxist) [CPI-M] has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) overtly and covertly helped the Congress- led United Democratic Front candidates of the Assembly polls in Kozhikode district.

A statement said in Kozhikode that the vote-share of the BJP came down in two assembly constituencies - Vadakara and Koduvally - which were won by the UDF backed Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) respectively.

In the 2020 local body polls, the BJP secured 18,555 votes in the district panchayat division of Vadakara. But now the party candidate got only 10,225 votes. Likewise , in the 2016 assembly polls, the BJP received 13, 410 votes in Vadakara segment.

In the case of Koduvally, the CPI (M) alleged that the BJP transferred its votes to IUML nominee M.K. Muneer to get him elected from the constituency. This time, the votes of the BJP decreased by 6,000 votes whereas that party had garnered 9,500 votes in the 2016 assembly polls as well as in the 2020 local body polls in the same segment.

The CPI (M) also alleged that Dr Muneer who enjoyed a good rapport with Sangh Parivar outfits, had managed to win from Kozhikode South assembly segment earlier in 2011 and 2016 assembly polls.

The statement also said that LDF emerged victorious in 11 out of the 13 assembly constituencies in the district. The front secured 1, 58,396 votes more this time than it received in the 2016 assembly polls.


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