KERALA

LDF will unravel: Chennithala

Favourable Wind: Congress workers on victory run after the party’s good performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Favourable Wind: Congress workers on victory run after the party’s good performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

Special Correspondent

Says election results will intensify differences in coalition

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has said the Lok Sabha election results in Kerala indicated that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is on the path of disintegration.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Chennithala said the failure of LDF constituents to win a seat would also intensify the differences in the coalition. He said the people had taught the CPI(M)-led coalition a lesson for its wrong policy of courting communal forces and groups. The verdict was also a vehement expression of the people’s resentment against the LDF’s three-year-old misrule in the State.

“The people have given an apt anniversary gift to the LDF which is celebrating its third year in power,” he said.

The results have once again proved that politics in the State continued to be bipolar. Marginal players, those who had gone out of the Congress, the BJP which aspired to emerge as a third force do not have relevance in Kerala, he said. He said the Congress victories in Vadakara and Kannur was nothing but spectacular.

The Left parties had lost their relevance in national politics as a result of their dismal show in Kerala and West Bengal. The people had also given a beating to the Left parties for bringing down a secular democratic government. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat was solely responsible for this situation.

Mr. Chennithala, while thanking people for voting the United Democratic Front (UDF) to victory, said the Janata Dal (Secular)’s support had also helped the coalition. The Congress and the UDF had fought the elections unitedly and with a sense of purpose, he said.

‘Activists’ victory’

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy termed the verdict as “the UDF activists victory as they had performed their task in a manner that earned the trust of the people.” The UDF partners and their leaders had also contributed a lot to the victory as did the support of social organisations, political parties such as the Janata Dal (S).

As per the preliminary figures available, the UDF had led in more than 100 Assembly segments, reflecting the people’s resentment against the LDF rule. The UDF had been raising core issues that affected the people, particularly the weaker sections of society, but the LDF, owing to its arrogance, had not even shown the basic democratic courtesy of responding to them. The LDF government had failed to adopt a realistic approach to the problems being faced by the people.

At the national level, the people had voted for a stable secular democratic government, under the leadership of a strong Prime Minister. The CPI(M) and the Left parties and the Third Front promoted by them were the biggest casualty in this election. Mr. Chennithala and Mr. Chandy said the electoral victory had imposed a major responsibility on the UDF to function as an effective Opposition, highlighting people’s concern, without being carried away by the size of the victory.

UDF convener P.P. Thankachan thanked the people of Kerala and all other organisations, individuals and groups that had supported the coalition in achieving a spectacular victory. He said the UDF high power committee would meet on May 19 to evaluate the electoral verdict and chart out future programmes. The UDF would stage demonstrations at the Assembly constituency-level as part of its observation of “Betrayal Day” marking the third anniversary of the LDF rule.

Gift to UDF

Kerala Congress(Jacob) leader T.M. Jacob said the poll verdict was the people’s gift to the UDF for the unity among its partners. The results were also a reply to the CPI(M) for its arrogance. Mr. Jacob wanted the LDF constituents to take the initiative to disband the ruling coalition which had become non-existent owing to the defeat of their candidates. At the national level, the good show by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was a recognition for Sonia Gandhi’s leadership, he said.

Kerala Congress(B) general secretary V.S. Manoj Kumar said the CPI(M) had been punished by the people’s court for its misrule and attempts to conceal corruption. The big leads the UDF candidates secured in the Assembly segments were a clear verdict against the LDF government, he said.

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