‘Govt attempt to trap UDF leaders in cases will not succeed`

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said LDF govt`s move to trap UDF leaders in cases would not have any effect on voters in the coming assembly elections.

Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 20:18 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president Ramesh
Chennithala on Monday said UDF government`s move to trap United
Democratic Front (UDF) leaders in cases would not have any
effect on voters in the coming assembly elections.

Addressing reporters here, he said the LDF was trying to
rake up past cases to get political mileage with an eye on

He challenged the LDF government to register a case
against Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy in the Palmolein
import case about which the Congress had a concrete stand that
it was a politcally motivated one.

Chennithala said 209 prisoners were released by the LDF
government at the fag end of its term and most of them were
under political considerations.

He also condemned the attempt of LDF government to
withdraw many cases registered against SFI and DYFI leaders.
Referring to internal issues in the UDF on seat-sharing for
assembly polls, he said everything would be resolved through
talks within the Front.

The seat-sharing talks among UDF partners would start
after the end of the current session of the assembly on
December 24.

On the street clash between Youth Congress and Kerala
Congress-M youth wing in Thodupuzha, he said it was an
unfortunate incident and wanted both the outfits to refrain
from open fights and statements on the issue.

KC-M leader KM Mani`s recent statement that P J Joseph
would be the candidate for Thodupuzha assembly seat had
sparked the clashes.

At another press conference, Congress spokesman M M Hassan
said Mani`s unilateral statement was not in accordance with
`coalition dharma.` In the coming assembly poll, the people
would vote against the non-performance of the LDF government
during the last five years, he said.

He alleged that Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan was a
leader who was ready to compromise on any issue to retain
power. The Chief Minister was trying to trap UDF leaders in
cases for political revenge, he said.