'LDF will fight back'

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kozhikode, Kerala
May 03, 2004 08:32 PM IST

CPI(M) Kerala Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told the UDF which won many seats last time was now not in a position to bank on any 'sure' seat.

Speaking on the fortunes of his party in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, CPI(M) state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told a 'Meet-the-Leaders' programme that the Congress-led UDF, which won many seats last time with a decisive mandate was now not in a position to bank on any "sure" seat. He further added that the CPI(M)-led LDF would sweep the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

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Asked about veteran leader Jyoti Basu's alledged statement that he supported Congress President Sonia Gandhi's candidature for Prime Ministership, he said he had been misqouted.

"What Basu has said is only that Sonia's foreign origin issue cannot stop her from becoming the Prime Minister and that does not mean that he supports her for the post," here.

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Observing that the CPI(M) always opposed the Congress for pursuing "wrong" policies, he, however, said his party's primary agenda like the Congress' was to oust the BJP-led NDA from power.

Blaming a section of the media for "distorting" Basu's remarks on Sonia, Vijayan said there was no confusion whatsoever in the party's rank and file on the matter and the issue, therefore, would not affect its prospects in the state where it is fighting the Congress in all the 20 seats.

Expressing hope that a Left-led Front would form the next Government at the Centre, Vijayan said the leader of the Front would be decided after the polls.

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