KASARAGOD: Congress state president Mullappally Ramachandran’s last-day attraction to the LDF supporters to vote for the UDF in Manjeshwar “to stop the BJP” has not gone down properly with the LDF and the BJP.
The UDF candidate AKM Ashraf endorsed the view of Ramachandran. “The LDF is not in the picture in Manjeshwar and so all the secular voters should come together and elect me and defeat the BJP,” stated Ashraf.
LDF candidate and CPM chief VV Rameshan stated Ramachandran had no sense of Tulunadu and was speaking gibberish. “The LDF made considerable progress during the campaign. Today, the fight is between the LDF and the BJP. Mullappally’s appeal comes due to his sense of defeat,” he stated.
BJP state president Okay Surendran, who’s the NDA’s candidate in Manjeshwar, stated the souls of Sarath Lal and Kripesh wouldn’t forgive the Congress for attempting to strike up an alliance with the LDF. “Mullappally’s appeal is a shameless begging of votes. It exposed the helplessness of the Congress,” he stated and added that the Congress chief made a public attraction for LDF vote sensing a defeat by the hands of the NDA in Manjeshwar.
Ramachandran held his floor and stated “no one should shed crocodile tears” over Youth Congress employees Sarath Lal and Kripesh, who had been murdered allegedly by CPM employees in February 2019.
He, nonetheless, refused to settle for the help of the SDPI, the political outfit of the People’s Front of India, a far-right Islamic organisation. The SDPI had publicly introduced its help to Ashraf. The LDF had struck regional understandings with the SDPI in 72 meeting constituencies, he added.
Veteran Congress chief Oommen Chandy stated the UDF didn’t want any exterior help to win in Manjeshwar.
Congress chief in Manjeshwar Manjunath Alva stated the bottom actuality in the constituency was totally different from different locations. “Here, only 10% of the voters are affiliated to political parties, and so such an appeal will not have much impact. The UDF has reached out to all sections of society and will register a comfortable win in Manjeshwar,” he stated.
Manjeshwar is seeing a good three-cornered battle. In 2016, Surendran misplaced in the constituency by 89 votes to Indian Union Muslim League’s PB Abdul Razak. However, in the by-election held in 2019, necessitated by the dying of Razak, the IUML defeated the BJP by practically 8,000 votes. The LDF has a 26% vote share in the constituency. In 2006, it got here from the third place to win the constituency, pushing the IUML to the third place.