Baby never offered to quit as MLA
CPI(M) PolitBureau member and Deputy Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan today denied the reports that another member M A Baby MLA had offered to quit following his defeat in Kollam Lok Sabha poll against UDF candidate N K Premachandran (RSP).
The news was baseless and only a creation of the media, he said.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Payyambalam, after paying floral tributes to former Chief Minister E K Nayanar on the 10th death anniversary, Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said Mr Baby never offered to resign his MLA post before Politbureau meeting, which was held yesterday in New Delhi.
To another question, Mr Balakrishnan said the resignation of party leaders on the basis of failure in an election was not a policy of the party like other political parties do as a 'gimmick'. The failure of LDF in Kollam constituency was not the fault of the party leadership. There was no mistake in the selection of the candidate. The reason for the defeat was political.
However, the party will examine the cause of the failure of LDF candidates and remedial measures will be taken. A detailed draft for correction of the situation will be brought out at the next meeting on June 6, Mr Kodiyeri said.
He claimed some Revolutionist Marxist Party (RMP) cadre had 'given their votes in favor of UDF' candidate at Vadakara constituency. This led to the failure of the LDF candidate.
He said the victory of UDF in the Lok Sabha poll was mainly due to BJP Primi Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The minority votes were mostly polled in favour of UDF.
(Posted on 19-05-2014)