KERALA

Mani asks VS, Pinarayi to quit

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani has asked Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan to step down from their posts, respecting the popular ire, expressed by people in the Lok Sabha elections, against what he termed maladministration and corrupt governance of the State.

He told The Hindu at the party headquarters here on Saturday that it was a wonderful all-round victory for the Congress and its allies at the State and national levels. The results had proved the projections of the media and all doomsayers wrong.

Mr. Mani said the election results were a vote for security and prosperity of the nation. People had voted for a stable and strong government.

He did not deem it right to dub the election results as a vote against regional parties. The Kerala Congress had wrested the Kottayam constituency after more than a quarter of a century and this was a vote for a resurgent party.

On the defeat of the Kerala Congress (J) candidate Francis George in the neighbouring Idukki, Mr. Mani said time had come for that party to have a rethink on its policies which had tied it to the Left Democratic Front.

He said a meeting of the State secretariat of the KC(M) was scheduled for Sunday.

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