Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pinarayi leading marches need not mean he will be chief ministerial candidate : Kanam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran has said one need not assume that CPM leader Pinarayi would be the chiefministerial candidate of the Left, just because he is leading the Left march.   “Leading the march and leading the LDF in election – both are different. If all those who led marches in the past had become the chief minister, how many chief ministers would have the party had?” he said in reply to media persons’ questions.

He said, “the Left has the history of persons those who have not contested the election becoming the chief minister. In the Left, the chief minister is decided after the election. It is the discretion of a party to decide who should lead a rally. A party should have at least that freedom. There is no need to find any fault with Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan in holding rallies. In the recent civic polls, the Opposition leader was in charge of the campaign. LDF will run campaign unitedly. Kerala politics is not individual-centric.”

Kanam said CPI’s criteria for deciding a candidate is his or her work efficiency and not age. Old age need not be a handicap for some people when it comes to their work efficiency. State Council will decide on whether to give the seat to a candidate who have contested two times earlier. CPI is the only part which has adhered to two term criteria, which was a decision based on the resolution passed by the State conference,” said Kanam, adding that decision has been taken to disclose the asset details of candidates for the Assembly election, before April 1.

Kanam has said RSS is trying for communal polarisation instead of political polarisation in the next Assembly election. It should be opposed strongly. The CPI sticks to the stand that minority in Kerala is growing up step by step into a majority. This will bring changes in the existing social equilibrium.

The CPI leader also criticized BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan’s demand to handover temple administration to the devotees, saying that the demand was made with ulterior motives. The government is not taking away the income of temples. The false campaign now going on aims at administration of temple going into RSS hands. 

“Have RSS and VHP checked what is being done with the income of temples run by private trusts?” asked Kanam who added that Kummanam had been trying to foster majority communalism by propagating the false propaganda that injustice was being meted out to Hindus.

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