Achuthanandan ready to contest if party decides

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan expressed his readiness to contest in the coming assembly election, if his party asked him to go for another electoral battle.

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 16:42 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
VS Achuthanandan on Thursday expressed his readiness to contest
in the coming assembly election, if his party asked him to go
for another electoral battle.

"Certainly," was his answer when asked at a meet-the-press
programme here whether he would enter the fray if the party
directed him to do so.

The veteran leader said the party would decide who should
lead the campaign in the assembly elections. Asked whether he
expected another call from the party, Achuthanandan said,
"That you will know when the party decides."

When reporters drew his attention to CPI state secretary
CK Chandrappan`s statement that Achuthanandan`s popularity
would do good to the Left Democratic Front in the elections,
the Chief Minister said "They are all independent observations
of Front partners."

He expressed the hope that the 2011 assembly elections
would create history by retaining the LDF government in the
state unlike in the past when Kerala chose governance of LDF
and UDF alternately since 1977.

The people were aware of the corrupt deals during the UDF
government`s reign which were coming out, he said.

On the memorandum submitted to him by Opposition Leader
Oommen Chandy yesterday listing charges against him and his
son V A Arun Kumar, Achuthanandan said he would give a reply
to the letter. There was no scope for probe as the Opposition
had not given any proof as basis for the complaints, he said.

"Arun Kumar is an Indian citizen. He is moving Court
against the charges made against him. Those who levelled the
charges can move in the same way," he said.

Achuthanandan said in his second letter to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh seeking CBI probe into the operations of other
state lotteries in Kerala, he had also asked the latter to
probe the charge against his son that he tried to `sabotage`
such an enquiry to help the lottery operators.

Asked whether the SNC-Lavalin case involving CPI-M state
secretary would be an election campaign issue, he said "The
case was now in Court."

The case relates to alleged corruption in awarding of
contracts to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin for renovation of three
hydel projects in 1998 when Vijayan was Electricity Minister.

PTI