Mani`s speech damaged LDF in by-poll:VS

Achuthanandan said Mani`s "deplorable" speech that party had eliminated its foes contributed to the LDF`s defeat in Neyyattinkara assembly bypoll.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 17:07 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Taking a dig at his detractors in the CPI(M), senior leader V S Achuthanandan today said the "deplorable" speech of the party`s former Idukki district secretary M M Mani that the party had eliminated its foes was a factor that contributed to the LDF`s defeat in the Neyyattinkara assembly bypoll.

Striking a different note, the CPI(M) state secretariat said the `lie campaign` unleashed by UDF and a section of media against the party and `misuse` of power by the state government helped the Congress candidate win the seat.

"Mani`s deplorable speech could have extensively influenced the voters at Neyyattinkara," Achuthanandan said in his reaction to the poll outcome. He said the UDF also succeeded in turning the murder of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan into a campaign theme at Neyyattinkara.

Achuthanandan, however, rejected the UDF leaders` claim that the victory of the ruling front was an endorsement of the performance of the Oommen Chandy Government.

"The victory of a person who has defected from LDF and became the UDF nominee does not augur well for democracy and it is also a matter of concern that the bypoll gave an opportunity for communal and casteist forces to reinforce their grip," he said.

In a statement, CPI(M) state secretariat said the UDF and a section of media made unsparing efforts to put the party in the dock over the Chandrasekharan murder case, in which the party had no involvement whatsoever.

The party, however, said an objective analysis of the result would show that the LDF`s mass base remained intact in the segment as the UDF failed to match its performance of 2009 Lok Sabha polls and 2010 civic elections in Neyyattinkara.

Congress candidate R Selvaraj defeated CPIM`s F Lawrence by a margin of 6,334 votes in the bypoll.