Thiruvananthapuram: Can Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan hope for a resounding third anniversary celebrations of his govt two days after the results of the LS poll are announced on May 23? It is the question doing the rounds after the April 11-May 19 polls were announced. Kerala will will vote on April 23 to elect 20 Lok Sabha members.
State CPI-M secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is pretty confident that given the performance of the Vijayan government and the manner in which the Union government under Modi had treated Kerala, the party will be able to put up a stellar performance similar to that in 2004, when the Left won 18 of the 20 seats.
“We are expecting a similar performance this time and we were able to announce our candidates first and all of them are busy in their campaign. The morale of our cadres is also high,” said Balakrishnan. LDF convenor A. Vijayaraghavan, a former member of both the upper and lower houses of parliament, said things have reached a stage where across the country, Congress legislators have crossed over to the BJP at some point in time.
“To take on the BJP, what are needed are lawmakers who can be trusted that they will always be there to take on the BJP. For that, the best bet is always the Left forces. Hence the need of the hour today is more of Left members must be there in Delhi when we supported the first UPA government. Also, there was a responsibility that we undertook for the good of the people,” Vijayaraghavan added.
One of the major issues that both the Congress-led UDF and the BJP-led NDA will be campaigning against the Left would be the manner in which the Vijayan government handled last year’s SC verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the famed Sabarimala temple.
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