Thiruvananthapuram: It`s politics that matters and not sympathy, Left Front candidate M Vijayakumar said on Sunday on a by-election necessiated by the death of Kerala assembly speaker G Karthikeyan.
The CPI-M candidate`s comment came a day after the ruling Congress announced it would field KS Sabarinathan, the younger son of Karthikeyan, for the bypoll.
The by-poll in the rural constituency in the capital district -- Aruvikara, is scheduled to take place on June 27.
"During elections, it`s the politics what matters and not sympathy," said Vijayakumar, who has been fielded as the Left Front candidate.
Vijayakumar in his debut election in 1987 beat Karthikeyan but in a different constituency in the capital district.
However, a glance at the previous by-elections held in the state following the death of a sitting member shows that the kith or kin of the deceased member, whenever fielded, has always won.
Sabarinathan, a bachelor of 31 years of age, has quit his job with the Tatas in Mumbai to contest the polls.
"Development in Aruvikara has taken a beating and of the 14 assembly constituencies in the capital district, Aruvikara is ranked 14th," said 65-year-old Vijayakumar, who is a former speaker and also a state minister.
Vijayakumar ruled out any sort of factionalism in the CPI-M and said he has always been a loyal follower of former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan.
"Let me make it very clear that there exists no factionalism in the CPI-M and the LDF is safe in Aruvikara," said Vijayakumar.