No anti-incumbency factor in Kerala: Balakrishnan
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 14:28
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) politburo member and state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Wedbnesday said there is no anti-incumbency factor working against the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala ahead of the April 13 assembly elections.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme here, he said people would cast their votes against the 'anti-people' policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, which was responsible for unprecedented price rise in the country.

While the UPA government was steeped in corruption, top UDF leaders in Kerala were facing several corruption charges, Balakrishnan said.

"The internal strife in the Congress, which came to the fore with the announcement of its candidates' list, would intensify in the coming days," he said.

He said former Minister and senior Congress leader K K Ramachandran had already charged that many in his party got seats after paying money. The IUML also had candidates who got accommodated in such 'payment seats,' he alleged.

"The Election Commission which has a system to check paid news, will now have to look into charges of payment seats also," Balakrishnan said.

Denying reports that there was secret alliance between CPI-M and BJP, he said the Congress should explain why it did not put up a candidate in Nemom in the capital where senior BJP leader O Rajagopal was contesting. The UDF had left the seat to its partner Socialist Janata-Democratic, he said.

Balakrishnan said KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, who had the 'backing' of Rahul Gandhi, would outsmart Oommen Chandy after the elections.

To a question on the attack on a television channel scribe by CPI-M workers at Kannur on Monday, he said the incident was isolated and would be examined. "Our party is of the view that journalists should be allowed to work freely,' he said.

The party had decided that its leaders would not be sent to talk shows being held by mediapersons who were not able to handle the show properly, he added.


First Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 14:28

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