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Cong does not need BJP support: KPCC president

The party does not require BJP's support nor a certificate from CPI-M for its secular credentials: Chennithala.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 19:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Rejecting reports of a possible `grand alliance' against the CPI-M in Kerala, KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said onSaturday that the Congress did not require the BJP's support in the state.

Reacting to reports that a section in the BJP favoured a `broad alliance' against communists in Kerala, Chennithala told reporters here that the party did not require the BJP's support nor a certificate from CPI-M for its secular credentials.

"For us, both are evils. Communists are the lesser evil of the two, but they are responsible for BJP's growth at the cost of national interests," Chennithala said.

He said the CPI-M had always taken up the campaign of a non-existent Congress-BJP tie-up in order to woo minority votes. The BJP's reported Mumbai resolution for grand alliance was aimed at helping the Marxists in the coming assembly elections.

Chennithala said the KPCC had petitioned the Election Commission to verify and re-draft voters' lists in Kasargod, Kannur and Kozhikode districts.

The representation also wanted the EC to install digital cameras in sensitive booths in north Kerala where the CPI-M had been "manipulating" people's verdict for the last several years, he said.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 19:40 IST