Kerala CM Achuthanandan not to campaign in West Bengal

CPI(M) stalwart and Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, the star campaigner for LDF in the April 13 Assembly polls, on Wednesday said he would not campaign for Left Front candidates in West Bengal.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) stalwart and
Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, the star campaigner
for LDF in the April 13 Assembly polls, on Wednesday said he would
not campaign for Left Front candidates in West Bengal.

"I am not going" was the reply of 87-year-old
Achuthanandan when asked by reporters at his Cabinet briefing
here whether he would leave for West Bengal to campaign.

Media reports had indicated that Achuthanandan would
campaign for Left Front candidates in West Bengal.

The Chief Minister expressed confidence that the
ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala would get a comfortable
majority in the Assembly polls.

To a question on whether he would be Chief Minister
again if LDF won the polls, he said, "the issue will be decided
later".

Achuthanandan also termed as baseless the charge of
Opposition leader Oommen Chandy that he had forwarded the
petition on allegations against his son A V Arun Kumar to the
Lok Ayukta with an intention to scuttle the probe.

"The charges were baseless and you (media) don`t
believe the words of the Opposition leader," he said.

PTI