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UDF polled secular votes, says Chennithala

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said that the United Democratic Front's (UDF) emphatic victory in the local body elections was due to the secular votes the coalition had polled.

Addressing a press meet here, Mr. Chennithala asked the Achuthanandan Ministry to quit office as it had lost the moral right to continue in power, especially since the Left Democratic Front leaders had claimed that the local body elections were a referendum on the government's performance. Mr. Chennithala said the Communist Party of India (Marxist) party's vacillating policy of appeasing the majority and minority communities had resulted in the alienation of large segments of voters. Terming the victory “landslide,” Mr. Chennithala said the UDF's thumping victory should be viewed in the background of the challenges on account of bogus voting, unscientific delimitation of wards and a distorted voters' list. With regard to the party's attitude towards rebels who had won in certain wards, Mr. Chennithala said the party would make an assessment of the ground realities before deciding. But the party was clear about its stand in entering into a tie-up with the BJP to gain control of the administration of local bodies, he said. He did not subscribe to the view that the BJP had made electoral gains and attributed its victories to local conditions prevailing in the respective wards.

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