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Achuthanandan resigns

india Updated: May 14, 2011 16:26 IST
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A day after the Left Democratic Front led by him lost the assembly polls, VS Achuthanandan on Saturday resigned as the Kerala chief minister while the Congress-led United Democratic Front said it will introspect as to why its margin of victory was so thin.

Right from the morning, a steady stream of top officials and political leaders came to call on Achuthanandan.

Governor RS Gavai asked Achuthanandan to continue in office as a care taker chief minister till the next government takes office.

The Congress-led opposition barely managed to scrape through and got 72 seats in the 140-member state assembly which is just one seat more than the required minimum to run a government.

The LDF secured 68 seats.

Meanwhile, State Congress president and newly-elected legislator Ramesh Chennithala said that though they have won the battle, their victory was not as they expected.

"We expected to win anywhere between 80 to 90 seats, but it did not happen. We will do an introspection as to why this happened," said Chennithala.

He went on to add that the slender majority is not going to be a bother.

"Generally if the margin of victory is big, then lethargy seeps in and creates problems. This small majority would be a great impetus to all of us to work as a cohesive unit."

"And no one needs to speculate that we will not be able to do a clean job. We will be a performing government and that's for certain," Chennithala told reporters in Kochi.