Kerala CM Chandy winds up campaign for UDF, says BJP will not win single seat

The chief minister said the electoral battle is between Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF in the state.

By: PTI | Kottayam | Published: May 14, 2016 4:47 pm
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Winding up his public campaign seeking votes for UDF candidates, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that the BJP would not win a single seat in the state in the May 16 Assembly polls.

Chandy also said that the people of Kerala would give a fitting reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 16 for drawing a parallel between Somalia and Kerala on the issue of infant morality rate in the tribal areas of the state.

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“BJP will not open account in the state. The mind of Kerala will never gel with the divisive politics of the BJP,” he told reporters at Kottayam press club.

The chief minister said the electoral battle is between Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF in the state.

“People will cast their votes against the criminalism in politics being practised by CPI(M),” he said, while condemning the alleged attack by CPI(M) cadres on RMP candidate K K Rama in Vadakara Assembly constituency in Kozhikode district early today.

Condemning the Somalia statement by Modi, when he had compared the infant mortality rate among tribals in the state with that of the African country during his poll campaign rally early this week, the CM said “his remarks are an insult to Keralites across the globe. The people will give a fitting reply to this type of remarks by the Prime Minister”.

The senior Congress leader’s statement comes at a time when almost all assembly constituencies in Kerala are witnessing a tough three-pronged fight between the Congress led UDF, CPM-led LDF and the BJP-led NDA.

“UDF is confident about its victory in the elections. The front will win more seats than the seats it had secured in the previous elections,” Chandy said.

Asked about the delay in arresting the culprits involved in the brutal rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit woman in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, he said investigation is going on in the right track.

“The culprits will be brought to justice at the earliest,” he said.

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  1. Raj Dhillon
    May 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm
    Kerala is truly ‘God.s own country’ inhabited by ‘God.s own people.’ The people have contributed to the Nation’s exchequer and human resources in no small measure. We must thank the state and it’s people for their literacy and their expertise in myriad fields. Anyone who does not recognize the worth of this frontline state and it’s people must accept the responsibility of being termed as anti-national. Various statistics of industries such as agricultural products, tourism, Real Estate, Fisheries among others indicate that the state is well and truly upwardly mobile. The people venturing out of their state make it a point to invest in their own state unlike some others who have forgotten their state after settling abroad. Children as a rule are inquisitive at a young age and rummage through each and every nook and corner. The average native is healthy and confident.
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      Chandran P
      May 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm
      Of course, Oomen Chandy would fervently wish that the BJP does not do well in the Kerala elections. All the carefully nurtured Christian and Muslim vote banks and hedgemony would then be questioned and challenged. However, the people of Kerala are a tough nut to crack. They are not easily swa by religious and sentimental arguments. They no very well which side of their bread is buttered. Being a very practical and worldly wise lot, they will not be swa by issues like the Ram Janmabhoomi and other matters which matter a lot in the north and elsewhere in the country. But the development plank of Modi may find a resonance with the people, if they are convinced about it. We will know this soon enough, once the election results are out. As at present, it looks like a Left win, with the Congress coming in second, and the BJP, if they are lucky, winning 1 or 2 seats, at best.
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      1. Heavenly Troopers
        May 15, 2016 at 1:56 am
        I guess BJP may bag 0-2 seats this time.
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          Mukund
          May 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm
          It is Indiagt;gt;gt; Wishful thinking thats all Mr.Nair.......leave it to people....
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            Rahul
            May 15, 2016 at 7:11 am
            And what are you, some anonymous vr? malabar "league" mappila, or Kottayam "Kerala Congress (a to z)" acchayan?
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