Pinarayi sets agenda for general elections in Kerala; LDF, UDF aim to consolidate anti-BJP votes

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) have started attempts to woo minorities ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year. The comments of CPM leaders over the Jamaat-e-Islami - RSS discussions is the first move in this direction.

Winning anti-BJP votes is the ultimate aim. The government hopes that it can also distract the general public from the opposition-led protests. The UDF is keen to avoid drowning the protests against the social security cess in the controversy.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan chose the inaugural stage of the state march led by MV Govindan to set the agenda for the election. He asked the UDF whether the Jamaat-RSS discussion had the blessing of the Congress and League. He mentioned the previous closed-door meeting of UDF leaders with Jamaat to support his argument.

CM said though Jammat and RSS act like enemies in the public, they are helping each other. MV Govindan continued the attack on Jamaat on stages of the march. Others like minister Mohamed Riyas also chipped in.

Meantime, the UDF has ridiculed the chief minister's allegations. They asked why UDF should be blamed for some Muslim organizations holding talks with RSS. They also attacked the CPM with the statement of ‘Sri M’, founder of The Satsang Foundation, that RSS and CPM held talks to end the political violence in Kannur district. UDF also commented that Jamaat leaders have stated that they have held talks with CPM also.

To defend themselves, UDF is also raising the post-emergency alliance between CPM and Jan Sangh in 1977.

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