M Liju | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Hours after UDF announced its candidate for Rajya Sabha elections, Youth Congress leader M Liju reacted to the decision of the Congress leadership. Liju was one of the members who were shortlisted as a candidate for the polls. Liju revealed that he is not disappointed over not getting the Rajya Sabha seat.
He whole-heartedly welcomed the party's decision to field Mahila Congress state president Jebi Mather in the polls.
Commenting over remarks of a section of Congress leaders against Liju’s candidature, the latter said that in a democratic setup we will have both supporters and opponents and “there is no point in expecting that there will be only supporters”.
Meanwhile, many in the Congress party opposed the idea of considering those who faced defeat in the previous elections. Notably, M. Liju was among the prominent losers in the assembly elections. Reacting to the protest against his candidature from within the party, Liju said that he never played safe to ensure his victory but only focussed on the duty entrusted by the party.
“I am not a person who take victory or defeat personally. I only consider the defeat as failure in a fight representing the party,” he said.
Liju asserted that despite the high risk of losing in the constituency he fought for the party and never demanded a safe seat.
Liju also extended his support to Jebi Mather. “She is my colleague who joined the party when I was Youth Congress President. We have worked together. At present, she is the state president of the Mahila Congress. She is smart. This time party selected Jebi. I would like to wish all the best to her,” he said.