Thiruvananthapuram : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has drawn the battle lines for the forthcoming assembly elections in Kerala despite moves to forge an alliance with the party’s traditional rival in West Bengal.
Keeping silence on the pleas made by top leaders not to ally with the Left parties in the eastern state, the Gandhi scion exhorted party workers in the state to gear up to take on the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) by putting off their internal fights.
Top state leaders had warned Rahul against the proposed alliance during their interactions with him and later at a meeting of the executive committee of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) here on Wednesday, saying it will help the Bharatiya Janata Party to make a foothold in the state.
Tracing its troubled ties with the UPA 1 government, the leaders told Rahul that the Left parties could not be trusted. They also drew his attention towards the violent politics the party is pursuing in the state.
The Congress leader did not touch on the contentious issue in his speech at the executive committee. On the contrary, he urged the party workers to prepare themselves for a united fight against the Left parties.
“The CPI (M) cannot beat the Congress party in the forthcoming elections in Kerala. It is the Congress alone that can defeat the Congress,” Gandhi said while reminding party workers that this was not the time to fight among themselves.
“You can resume your fight after the elections. If you want I will also come and listen to all the issues on which you have differences. Now is the time for you to stand united as a family. I am confident that the Congress can come back to power and rule the state for another five years,” he added.