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Defamation suit against Achuthanandan withdrawn

Congress woman wing leader Lathika Subhash told reporters that she withdrew the case filed in a local court here considering Achuthanandan`s age.



Palakkad: Congress woman wing leader Lathika Subhash, who unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly poll against CPI(M) veteran VS Achuthanandan in Malampuzha, on Saturday withdrew the defamation case she filed against the senior leader for "unsavoury" comments made against her by him.

Subhash told reporters that she withdrew the case filed in a
local court here considering Achuthanandan`s age and also his
clarification after his remarks triggered widespread protests.

While replying to a query at a press meet here in the April
2011 assembly poll campaign, Achuthanandan said his opponent
was "famous", adding "you know in what way she is famous."

Lathika and the Congress leaders took strong objection to
the Marxist leader`s remark, saying it was a nuanced comment
fraught with ill-meaning and an insult on his immediate
electoral rival.

Lathika had then approached the Election Commission and the
court, alleging Achuthanandan`s comment amounted to "character
assassination."

Achuthanandan, however, clarified that he did not mean any
ill-meaning and what he actually intended to convey was his
opponent was a known figure as she held important positions in
the Congress party.

Achuthanandan scored a hattrick win in the elections from the Left bastion Malampuzha.

PTI

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