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KPCC concedes poll defeat

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 13. The KPCC president, P.P. Thankachan, today conceded defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in the State.

In a statement here today, Mr. Thankachan said the election result was a shock treatment for the UDF and the Congress given by the people. He said the UDF and the Congress should learn a lesson and try to solve the shortcomings at the Government and organisational levels.

He regretted that Kerala would not be able to play its own role in the Congress-led secular front that had achieved a commendable success in the Lok Sabha elections. "Each and every leader has the responsibility of examining the reasons for the defeat and take corrective steps," he said.

He said the time had come to view the election results with a sense of reality instead of finding fault with one another. He wanted those concerned to create an atmosphere in the party and the UDF, which would help the coalition to face the coming panchayat elections. He said that the CPI(M) cannot side step an analysis of the victory of a NDA candidate from Kerala for the first time.

The veteran Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, in his reaction, said he had sensed the people's mood quite earlier and had mooted the idea of an alliance with the Left parties. "I had gone to the extent of floating a new party. I retracted from my moves. Honestly, I found it difficult to take a decision to split the party," he said. Mr. Karunakaran was also of the opinion that the verdict was against the Antony Government.

The CMP leader, M.V. Raghavan, termed the defeat as a shock treatment for the UDF and the Congress. He cited the factional feuds and the internal disputes in the UDF as the primary reasons for the rout. The result also proved that the people had rejected with contempt progeny politics. He said that when the minority communities across the country voted for the Congress and its allies, those in Kerala had gone against the party. He accused the CPI(M) of establishing ties with religious fundamentalists and their organisations.

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