Bickering LDF, Lavalin scam did us in Kerala: CPI

May 31st, 2009 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) Sunday said the debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls in Kerala was a result of infighting within the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), SNC Lavalin scam and the tie-up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
CPI state secretary Veliyam Bharghavan said the biggest lesson to learnt from the poll drubbing is that the LDF constituents have to work in tandem.

“The LDF constituents were not taken into confidence on few key issues and the need of the hour is that it has to be understood that the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) and the CPI alone will not be able to form a front. All the other allies also have to be taken into confidence and there should be no arbitrary decisions taken,” Bharghavan told reporters.

In the Lok Sabha polls, the LDF suffered one of its worst reversals as its tally fell to mere four out of the state’s 20 seats. The front earlier had 19 seats.

The CPI, the second biggest constituent in the LDF, lost all four seats it contested.

“Now that the Kerala governor is looking into the SNC Lavalin case, we do not have anything to say on that. But this case also cost us badly. Likewise the decision to take along Abdul Nasir Maudany and his PDP also was a wrong choice. This was never discussed in the LDF and even after having learnt a lesson, CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan says the PDP is with the LDF. This is not acceptable,” Bharghavan said.

Vijayan is accused of wrongfully awarding a contract to a Canadian company for renovation of two power plants when he was the state power minister in 1997. The Kerala Governor R.S. Gavai is to decide whether to give sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to prosecute Vijayan.

When asked if he takes the moral responsibility for the poll defeat, the 81-year-old Bharghavan said: “How can that be possible? I have only one vote and I did my duty.”

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