CPI(M) State Secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, on Wednesday said that the party had not directed Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthananthan to retract his statement on the lottery issue.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Vijayan said he did not think Achuthanandan had said as reported by the media. The statement might have been 'misinterpreted' by the media, he said.
When further queried on the issue, Vijayan said 'Achuthananthan had clarified his stand now'.
The party had not given any direction to Achuthananthan to retract his remark. Achuthanandan had at a meet the press programme at Ernakulam recently had reportedly agreed that there were some shortcomings on the part of the state government in the lottery issue.
Reiterating that religion should not interfere with politics, Vijayan said that 'let the religion go in its way and politics in their way. We are not against religion', he said.
The development activities undertaken by the Left Democratic Front (LDF)government during its four-and-a-half-years of rule, would help the front to win impressively in the forthcoming civic polls in the state, he said.
Vijayan alleged that the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) had entered into unholy nexus with communalist forces to garner a few votes in the polls.