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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran has reminded Congress veteran A Ok Antony that it was Kerala that despatched him packing into political wilderness. In an interview with TNIE, Kanam mentioned Sabarimala is simply an diversionary tactic for the Opposition and the LDF authorities gained’t make any adjustments within the affidavit filed within the Supreme Court docket. Central businesses are attempting to blackmail Left leaders within the backdrop of the upcoming polls, he mentioned. Excerpts:
With simply two weeks left for the meeting polls, how do you assess Left’s possibilities?
The Left is miles forward of others — be it in seat sharing, candidate choice or campaigning. LDF has accomplished the primary spherical of booth-level campaigning and has elicited large response from folks. It’s positive the Left will proceed in energy. In comparison with UDF and BJP, LDF has a superb array of candidates.
What are the most important elements that would favour the entrance?
The five-year rule of the Left authorities has made a mark on the plenty. Persons are witness to the welfare initiatives and now we have little question this may mirror within the polls, particularly in at this time’s precarious financial situation created by the Centre. In comparison with different states, the Left authorities in Kerala is much forward in guaranteeing social safety for its folks.
It’s the second meeting elections after you took over as CPI state secretary. Do you anticipate the celebration to do miraculously effectively?
Final time, CPI gained 19 out of 27 seats. It was the very best electoral efficiency on the time. This time, we’re contesting in 25 seats. Perhaps, as you identified, miracles may occur.Congress veteran A Ok Antony is understood for dropping political bombs forward of polls. His statements all the time are inclined to make enormous ripples within the state. He has mentioned LDF persevering with in energy would spell doom for the state.
Had there been such a shift in Kerala politics as he has noticed, the state wouldn’t have been the place it’s at this time. What he mentioned are his private views. He shouldn’t neglect that it was Kerala that despatched him packing to political wilderness.
Is the Left afraid to handle the Sabarimala situation?
The Left has had no confusion concerning Sabarimala. It’s true there have been points in 2018 whereas implementing the Supreme Court docket verdict. However nothing untoward was reported in 2019 or 2020. As such, there’s neither any hassle at Sabarimala neither is their any unrest amongst devotees. Sabarimala is now being raked up solely within the gentle of the polls by some social organisations and Opposition events. Their try is to try to strike an emotional chord among the many plenty in a bid to divert consideration from all that the Left authorities has achieved in 5 years. The chief minister has made it clear that when the SC pronounces its remaining verdict, there can be consultations with all stakeholders. The case is sub-judice. Those that settle for the rule of regulation also needs to know how one can wait.
Not too long ago, you mentioned the present authorities affidavit will proceed.
The decision has already been pronounced. It’s only the evaluation petition that’s being thought-about. Why ought to we once more put the cart earlier than the horse? The CPM normal secretary and CM have already made the LDF’s stance clear.
The NSS has been persistent in its assault on the Left over Sabarimala.
The Left grew in Kerala overcoming opposition by numerous social organisations. LDF is just not afraid of opposition by a spiritual or social outfit. We have now reposed our religion in folks.
A slew of points are being mentioned in polls, together with the alleged CPM-BJP alliance. How will it have an effect on LDF’s prospects?
It’s regular for such ‘startling revelations’ to be made on the time of elections. Not too long ago, O Rajagopal revealed how he had gained final time and who all had been in collusion. Revelations from a person who’s not a well-known identify in Kerala politics needs to be handled as his opinions. In Kerala, the Left is the one entrance that speaks out towards communalism. The allegation that CPM or CPI had gone in for an understanding of kinds with RSS is completely absurd.
Opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala has introduced out the difficulty of bogus votes in electoral rolls and it has been vouched by the Election Fee.
The electoral rolls are ready by the Election Fee. The federal government has no function in it. If there are any complaints, ECI ought to deal with them. Take for instance, the difficulty of the Congress candidate in a constituency in Thrissur having three votes and two differing identification playing cards. LDF in Kodungallur has proof of the identical. It’s the Congress that has been indulging in such actions. That’s why Chennithala may make an genuine assertion about what they do!
With the current revelations towards the speaker, the gold smuggling case has once more cropped up when elections are across the nook.
Such stories will maintain tumbling out until April 6, election day. Central businesses have been hovering over the Secretariat. They’re busy changing the accused into witnesses and leaking data selectively to a bit of media in a bid to blackmail LDF leaders. The plenty are conscious of their scheming and won’t be taken in by any of those.
Whereas CPM has been intentionally preserving away from controversies, you appear to be courting hassle along with your incisive remarks.
We’re not occupied with churning out controversies. However when such meaningless arguments crop up, we’re certain to inform folks the reality. In case of any factual error in what I say, I’m able to make clear.
How a lot will KC(M)’s entry assist LDF? Do you are feeling they had been unduly favoured?
Seat sharing in LDF was performed after bilateral talks and all allies had acquiesced to it. There’s no level in cribbing now that somebody obtained extra seats. Earlier than KC(M)’s entry, LDF was ruling in 23 panchayats in Kottayam. Now it has turn out to be 51. In Idukki and Pathanamthitta, we gained the district panchayat. So it’s undoubtedly a achieve.
BJP hopes to make it to double digits this time round.
Allow them to dream as a lot as they need. Why ought to one restrict oneself whereas dreaming?