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Rift in LDF over Mani’s support in bypoll

Statesman News Service | Thiruvananthapuram |

Dissension has surfaced in the LDF with regards to seeking the help of the KM Mani-led Kerala Congress(M) in the upcoming by-poll in Chengannur Assembly constituency.

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran has reiterated that the LDF doesn’t need K M Mani’s support. He had said that the LDF won in Chengannur before without the supportof Mani.

“K M Mani doesn’t have the strength to field a candidate independently and make him win in Chengannur. The LDF won in Chengannur before without Mani’s help, and this time too we would win without his help,” KanamRajendran said in Kollam

Opposing Kanam’sstatement , CPI-M state secretary KodiyeriBalakrishnan said: “We will not say we don’t need any one’s vote in an election. What’s the use in saying that we don’t need the vote of people who are dissatisfied with the UDF.”

Balakrishnan further said that the parties in the LDF must not make statements about things that are not discussed within the front.

Coming out against KanamRajendran, Kerala Congress(M) chairman K M Mani said that Kanam aims at defeating the CPI-M candidate in the upcoming Chengannur by-polls.

“Kanam is aiming to kill two birds with one shot. The CPI has nothing to lose, if the CPI-M loses in Changannur, and this is why Kanam wants the CPI-M candidate to lose there. He thinks if this happens then he can also destroy the CPI-M with it,” said Mani.