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Pinarayi's charge a cheap campaign gimmick: Chandy

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Asks Prakash Karat to clarify Pinarayi's remark on Sonia


THRISSUR: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has attacked CPI(M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan for his reported remarks that the alleged tie-up between the UDF and the BJP in the ensuing local body elections in Kerala had the endorsement of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing a `Meet-the-Press' programme organised by the Thrissur Press Club on Wednesday, Mr. Chandy recalled that Mrs. Gandhi had made great sacrifices, including her decision to spurn the offer of the post of Prime Minister, for keeping the BJP out of power. In such a context, Mr. Vijayan's allegation against Mrs. Gandhi that she had endorsed a tie-up between the Congress-led UDF and the BJP was "most unfortunate and a cheap campaign gimmick."

The Chief Minister said general secretary of the CPI(M) Prakash Karat should clarify whether the party central leadership endorsed these charges levelled by Mr. Vijayan.

Emphasising that it was the Congress which was the principal enemy of the BJP throughout the country, the Chief Minister said his party had no truck with the BJP in the State. "If anyone from the Congress tried to work out an understanding with the BJP, they will have no place in the party.''

Conspiracy

Mr. Chandy alleged that the LDF, DIC(K) and the BJP seemed to have entered into a conspiracy to attack the Congress. The recent statement of BJP State president Sreedharan Pillai that nine District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents had approached his party for support was part of that conspiracy.

``That statement was definitely not intended to help the Congress. It was meant to aid the LDF and the DIC(K). There is a common thread that links the LDF, DIC(K) and the BJP. The Congress is the only party which never had any truck with the BJP. The CPI(M) had allied with the BJP in its former avatar Jana Sangh during the post-Emergency period. The Left and the BJP worked together to oust late Rajiv Gandhi from power and hoist V. P. Singh to the post of Prime Minister,'' Mr. Chandy said.

He said the CPI(M) had always been following the policy of teaming up with all kinds of forces to attack the principal enemy of that period.

Earlier the Congress was their principal enemy. In between it was the BJP.

Of late, they seemed to be turning their anger again to the Congress which had been gaining strength under the leadership of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

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