Monday, February 16, 2009

CPI(M) confident of facing LS polls: Vijayan

Monday,16 February 2009
Kochi: The ruling CPI(M) was not apprehensive of facing the coming Lok Sabha polls in which party-led LDF Government's performance will be evaluated by the electorate, party state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

'It will not be an evaluation of the Chief Minister's (V S Achuthanandan's) performance alone, but that of the entire government', he told reporters here.

Claiming that the policies of the government had been well received and supported by the people, he said hence there was no cause of any apprehensions in that regard.

Accusing the media of trying to estrange Achuthanandan from the party, he said 'Achuthanandan is a leader who stood with the party since the beginning. He is the symbol of the party's fight on various issues. The attempt to estrange him from the party is equivalent to humiliating him,' he said.

On whether Achuthanandan's statements particularly on the SNC Lavalin case, in which CBI has arraigned him (Vijayan) as an accused, was putting him under a shadow of doubt, the CPI-M state Secretary declined to answer.

When media persisted, he said "because I had replied to such queries earlier, both of us were suspended by politburo."

On whether Achuthanandan, who has so far kept away from Nava Kerala march being led by him, will join at some point, Vijayan said that would be clear after the march concluded.

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