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Realignment likely in Kerala politics

Leader of the Opposition in Kerala assembly claimed there will be a realignment of political forces soon after the Lok Sabha polls.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Kozhikode
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2004 09:13 PM IST

Leader of the Opposition in Kerala assembly VS Achuthanandan on Tuesday claimed there will be a realignment of political forces in the state soon after the Lok Sabha polls "with a section of the Congress expected to cross over to the CPI(M)-led LDF".

"The growing opposition to the leadership within the Congress will certainly result in a section of it moving to our Front after the Lok Sabha polls," he told a `Meet-the-Leaders' programme, organised by the Calicut Press Club here.

Achuthanandan alleged the Congress was still suffering from infighting despite claims of unity between Chief Minister A K Antony and senior Congress leader K Karunakaran.

"If Karunakaran's intention is only to promote his family interests, Antony wants to ensure that there is no danger to his Chief Ministership," the CPI (M) politburo member said.

Achuthanandan also asked the Chief Minister to come out with the details of probe ordered into various corruption charges levelled against the state government.

When asked about the Left aligning with Congress in several states, the opposition leader said, "these adjustments are only to ensure the defeat of the BJP-led NDA Government" and added that in case of a `hung' Parliament, the Left would take the initiative to form a new Front to form the next government at the Centre.

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