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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kannur, Kerala
May 08, 2004 03:42 PM IST

Apprehending widespread poll related irregularities during the May 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, Congress workers would take adequate vigil to prevent recurrence of such incidents in Kerala.

Apprehending widespread poll related irregularities during the May 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, Congress workers would take adequate vigil to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the state, KPCC President P P Thankachan said today.

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"Congress workers in Kerala have been asked to be extra vigilant across the state to prevent recurrence of large scale poll related irregularities as was the case during previous Lok Sabha polls," he told a 'meet the press' programme here.

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Alleging that the left parties had indulged in widespread poll irregularities, particularly in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, leading to the defeat of UDF nominees during the last Lok Sabha polls, Thankachan said the party had written to the Election Commission to identify such sensitive booths to prevent recurrence of poll related irregularities.

Terming the stand taken by CPI(M) central leadership in supporting a Congress led secular government at the Centre as a 'welcome step', Thankachan said CPI(M)'s decision to fight the Congress in Kerala would only help the BJP in becoming the single largest party to stake claim to form government.

"By opposing the Congress in Kerala, CPI(M) is indirectly helping the BJP to come to power at the Centre," he opined.

Countering opposition leader VS Achuthanandan's recent statement that some constituents of the ruling United Democratic Front in the state would ally with the opposition Left Democratic Front, he claimed on the contrary a section of the LDF partners had expressed willingness to join the UDF after the Lok Sabha polls.

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