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Antony, Thangal indulging in cheap campaign: VS Achuthanandan

Kerala opposition leader, VS Achuthanandan said it was regrettable that a respected leader like Thangal was indulging in 'false propaganda'.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Malappuram, Kerala
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2004 04:31 PM IST

The leader of the opposition in the Kerala assembly, VS Achuthanandan, on Thursday accused Chief Minister AK Antony and IUML supremo Panakkad Syed Mohammadali Shihab Thangal of carrying out a 'cheap' campaign against the CPI(M) by terming the party as an 'outdated' one.

Addressing a public meeting here as part of the LDF's election campaign in the district, he said it was regrettable that a respected religious leader like Thangal was also indulging in 'false propaganda, falling in line with Antony'.

Thangal has turned into Antony's 'yes man' by joining him in claiming that CPI(M) was an outdated party, Achuthandnan aid, adding the IUML leader should ask himself if it was correct to engage in such a 'mudslinging' campaign.

On Antony's 'outburst' against Achuthanandan over the latter's comment that more than one tribal had died in police firing at Muthanga wildlife sanctuary in Wynad last year and that the bodies were burnt to destroy evidence, he said he had only brought to the notice of the government, the remarks of tribal leaders GK Janu and M Geethanandan, who spearheaded the agitation inside the forest area and sought action.

"Antony is now attributing such statements to me, only in an attempt to gain votes', he added.

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