UDF not to seek BJP support in local bodies

Congress-led UDF in Kerala on Saturday decided not to seek the support of parties like BJP, SDPI and Jama-at-e-Islami to gain power in local bodies where no coalition has got clear majority.

Thiruvananthapuram: Upbeat after their superlative performance in the recent civic polls, Congress-led UDF in Kerala on Saturday decided not to seek the support of parties
like BJP, SDPI and Jama-at-e-Islami to gain power in local bodies where no coalition has got clear majority.

UDF convenor PP Thankachan told reporters here after a meeting of Front leaders that they would not seek the support of "such communal forces in hung councils."

"The historic win of the UDF is the people`s verdict against the ineptitude of the LDF government and the arrogance of its leaders," he said.

Constituents of the Front, which had majority on their own in certain local bodies, would get chairmanship there. In other places, positions would be decided after district-level
discussions.

He said the people had rejected the LDF "tactics of appeasing the majority community by making insulting remarks against religious minorities."

The UDF had got 10 percent more votes in the local body elections this time compared to what it received in the 2005 polls. The Front also notched up 3,000 more wards while in the LDF, CPI-M alone lost 1,000 wards, he said.

He said the LDF government, which had lost credibility should resign in view of the poll results. More leaders would come out of the LDF in the coming months, he claimed.

The UDF`s liaison committee meeting would be held after the results from Kozhikode district were announced tomorrow, he said.

Meanwhile, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala told reporters that the LDF workers had unleashed violence against Congress workers across the state after the poll results.

Police were acting as mute witnesses and not taking any action on complaints, he alleged.

PTI

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