Candidature not yet decided, says Chennithala
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 14:26
  
Tiruvananthapuram: Kerala PCC president Ramesh Chennithala Thursday said it was for the party high command to take a final decision on whether he should contest in the coming assembly elections in the state.

"I don't have any election fever. If the party asks me to contest, I will," he said at a meet-the-press programme here, reacting to reports that the high command had given him the nod to contest.

To a question on his future role in the assembly if he contested and won, Chennithala said, "A member can sit in the front bench, back bench or side bench."

Asked whether senior leader Oommen Chandy would continue to be Chief Ministerial candidate of the Congress, he said Chandy was 'in every sense fit for the post.' However, the Congress has its procedure in choosing CLP leader after the elections, he said.

Describing as 'politically motivated' the ruling LDF's move to implicate Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy in the palmolein case, Chennithala said the people of the state would ignore the issue, being raked up after 20 years.

On the issue of Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan's candidature, he said the CPI-M was trying to create a drama over the issue for political benefits, but the attempt would prove futile.

Chennithala alleged that Achuthanandan had compromised with corruption in the last few years, running away from the issues he raised as Leader of Opposition. The Chief Minister could not take action against the lottery mafia which looted the state and kept his eyes closed on all the corruption issues he raised previously, he said.

The Chief Minister who gave directions to take cases against Opposition leaders when charges were raised by certain individuals who lacked credibility, had not taken any action when Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy gave in writing the charges against his son V A Arun Kumar, he said.

Chennithala said Kerala had been passing through a phase of non-governance in the last few years. The administration was paralysed as CPI-M leaders were more engaged in infighting on various issues than taking care of the state's development.

In the coming elections, Congress-led UDF would put forth a development agenda that would ensure political stability and corruption-free governance with commitment to people to build a modernised and model state, he said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 14:26


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