K Sudhakaran, Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Uma Thomas won the Thrikkakara Assembly bypolls in Kerala by a margin of over 25,016 votes. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president K. Sudhakaran mocked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after the results came out.
He said that the 'Captain' (that's what the CPI-M cadres call Vijayan) has been floored.
"It was no one else but CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who said that the verdict in Thrikkakara bypoll would be an assessment of the Vijayan government. And now that the verdict has come, it is best that Vijayan should quit. What Vijayan should understand is that the people of Kerala do not think on the lines of development that he and his party thinks," said Sudhakaran.
Former Defence Minister AK Antony after campaigning at Thrikkakara said that the electorate will give a shock treatment to Pinarayi Vijayan.
"The voters have done it and they have given a shock treatment to the arrogance and rudeness of Vijayan," said Antony.
Two-time former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, despite his failing health, was the star campaigner for Uma. He was in the constituency for most of the days concentrating only on family meetings.
"This is a huge win for the Congress and the prime reason is that there was absolute cooperation among the entire UDF and all worked with total discipline. Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM's hashtag of development was never going to be a clincher as people in Ernakulam know that they played spoilsport for each infrastructure project which came up here. The electorate knew that and voted for us," said Chandy.