Left Front resorting to political violence: Kerala Congress

Kozhikode: Kerala PCC President Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday alleged that the CPI(M), fearing an imminent defeat of the LDF in the April 13 assembly polls, was resorting to political violence in the state.

Referring to an attack, allegedly by CPI(M) activists, on a Malayalam television channel reporter at Kannur yesterday, Chennithala told reporters here that CPI(M) had not learnt any lessons from the "repeated" defeats it has suffered.

Such incidents show that CPI(M) was challenging the legal system in the state, he said, alleging that attack against mediapersons, police stations and political leaders were being carried out under the patronage of ruling parties.

Alleging that no developmental activities were undertaken during the last five-years rule of LDF, he said the government had taken Kerala 15 years backward in respect of development.

"UDF will religiously follow the election manifesto and try to implement the promises in toto. Each year the progress of implementation of the promises will be assessed," he said.

Alleging that there was unholy nexus between the CPI(M) and BJP at Malampuzha, Chennithala alleged BJP had not fielded their own candidate in the constituency from where Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan is contesting.

"The nexus between CPI(M) and BJP, which was arrived at during the recent civic polls, is continuing," he said.

Replying to a query on reported statement of senior congress leader KK Ramachandran Master on "paid seats" and criticisms of Chennithala and Opposition leader Oommen Chandy, he said "if there are anti-organisation statements, it will be examined and suitable action taken."

Chennithala claimed there was a favourable climate for UDF across the state, "as people are disgusted with the anti-people policies of the LDF government."

"LDF has nothing to project on its achievements during its rule in the last five years and that is the reason their leaders are raising a row over the use of helicopter by Congress leaders," he said.

The helicopters had been brought to Kerala for use by national leaders and there was nothing wrong in state leaders using it for electioneering purpose, he said.

Pointing out that all political parties used helicopters during elections, he said in West Bengal CPI(M) leaders also used helicopters for campaigning.

There is a "standstill" with regard to development in the state due to non-cooperation between the chief minister and other ministers, he alleged.