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Results show LDF govt. is unpopular: Chennithala

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‘BJP will not make any breakthrough in State’

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala has said that the results in the five Assembly byelections clearly indicated the unpopularity of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

Reacting to the byelection results, Mr. Chennithala said the results also confirmed that the BJP would not be able to make any further breakthrough in the State.

He said the Congress victory in Aroor was path breaking because this was the first time that a party candidate was winning the seat since 1950. He was happy that the Congress had succeeded in wresting this constituency from the CPI(M).

The party would examine in detail the reasons for its defeat in Vattiyurkavu and Konni. The UDF committee will meet on Monday to evaluate the election results. He said that it was usual for the ruling party to gain an upper hand in byelections and the UDF’s victory in three out of five seats was no mean achievement, he said.

At the national level, he wanted Rahul Gandhi to take up the leadership of the party in the context of the party’s good show in Maharashtra and Haryana. The outcome in these two States clearly indicated that the Congress was on the path of recovery, he said.

Historic: Mullappally

Meanwhile, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran took pride in the Congress party’s victory in Aroor, terming it “historic.”

Aroor witnessed a straight political fight and a Congress candidate was winning it for the first time since 1950, he said in a statement here. He maintained his earlier charge that the election result in Vattiyurkavu indicated a trade off between the CPI(M) and the BJP. The LDF candidate got 14,465 votes, while the BJP did not poll 16,247 votes. It was for the BJP and the CPI(M) leadership to explain the state of affairs, he said.

He convened the Political Affairs Committee of the Congress on Sunday to evaluate the election outcome.

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