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Congress-led front will come to power: P.M. Sayeed

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KOCHI, MAY 4. The former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, P.M. Sayeed, has said that a secular, democratic front led by the Congress would come to power after the Lok Sabha polls.

Mr. Sayeed, who was participating in a `Meet-the-Press' programme organised by the Ernakulam Press Club here on Tuesday, said that the wave created by the consolidation of Dalits, minorities and secular-minded people would take the Congress-led front to power. He said that the alignment of secular parties with the Congress had increased the confidence of the Dalits and the minorities.

He hoped that other parties, which were turning a blind eye to communal parties, would also change their minds to join the Congress-led front after the polls. He welcomed the decision of the Left parties not to repeat their "earlier blunders" in the post-poll scenario.

Mr. Sayeed, who has been representing the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha constituency for the past 37 years, said that the victory of the Congress in the islands was a foregone conclusion. He asserted that his lead would increase from the 3,200 margin during the last election. Mr. Sayeed claimed that the islands' communication network with the mainland had improved tremendously. Travel facilities to the mainland had also increased manifold, with five ships and four barges plying between the mainland and the islands. However, he admitted that Lakshadweep needed more development in many spheres, including education, health and local transport.

He pointed out that the people of the islands would recognise those candidates who were contesting the polls after retiring from Government services. Describing his poll campaigning, Mr. Sayeed said that he had adopted a voter-to-voter campaign way back in 1965, owing to the small number of voters in the islands. For the past 40 days, he had been conducting an intensive tour of the islands, he added.

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