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Congress’s Satheesan accuses Kerala Chief Minister of ‘creating space’ for BJP

Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan on Monday accused Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of attempting to “create a space” for the BJP in the state.

VD Satheesan charged at the incumbent Kerala leadership, referring to LDF Convenor E P Jayarajan’s earlier statement that the BJP would come second in many constituencies in Kerala and that many candidates of the saffron party were good.

Satheesan said what the CPI(M) leader stated was not echoed by BJP state chief K Surendran or his party. He alleged that Vijayan was influencing Jayarajan, “a poor man”, to make such statements to “appease the BJP” at the Centre.

VD Satheesan said, “The Kerala LDF Convenor is saying that the BJP will secure second position in many seats. He is saying that the BJP candidates in Trivandrum, Attingal, and Thrissur are the best. This was not even stated by K Surendran or any other BJP leader. But the LDF convenor, CPI(M) Central Committee member, is saying so. I would say he is a poor man. He was made to say so by Pinarayi Vijayan to please BJP.”

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, when questioned about the same, corrected Jayarajan’s remark and explained the party’s position on the matter.

“Here (in Kerala), the LDF and UDF are the main parties against each other. And in that, LDF is the party that will register victory. BJP will face a major setback in this election,” Vijayan had said.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Kerala unit president K Surendran, in a statement, thanked EP Jayarajan for the remark.

“Even when the chief minister and the party secretary tried to silence him by threatening, he told the truth,” Surendran said.

Published By:

Srishti Jha

Published On:

Mar 18, 2024

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