Congress Report: UDF Margin may Come Down in Tvm - The New Indian Express

Congress Report: UDF Margin may Come Down in Tvm

Published: 20th April 2014 08:33 AM

Last Updated: 20th April 2014 08:33 AM

The district Congress committee has drafted a report on the prospects of its candidate Shashi Tharoor, stating that the voting pattern in the city showed a sharp contest between the UDF and the BJP.

There is also an assessment that apart from preventing the drain of votes to the BJP, there should have been a much more concerted drive to pool community votes in Parassala and Neyyatinkara Assembly segments.

At the same time, the report suggests that the LDF’s hopes for consolidating community votes in non-city areas covering the Neyyatinkara taluk by fielding Bennet Abraham, a Nadar Christian, might not bear fruit.

The report, which will be submitted to the KPCC, however, says that Tharoor will be able to retain the seat only by 30,000 votes, a far cry from the nearly 1 lakh margin by which he won the 2009 polls.

“There was no big drain of votes for the UDF as is being made out. But considering the fact that CPM leaders and workers had abandoned their work by afternoon on the voting day and fled to Attingal and Kollam, it has to be surmised the BJP got a substantial share of LDF votes,” DCC president K Mohan Kumar told Express.  The Thiruvananthapuram, Vattiyoorkavu and Kazhakoottam Assembly segments witnessed a UDF-BJP fight.

“In Parassala, the UDF will get a majority thrice as big as that secured by the Congress candidate in the last Assembly polls. In Neyyatinkara ,it will be a neck and neck fight. In the city segments, Tharoor will take the lead,” says the report.

“Only if the contestants other than the three main candidates polled around 85,000 votes, the BJP nominee could remain hopeful. It is not possible,” Mohan said.

Mohan denied reports that the DCC document had slammed deputy speaker N Sakthan for his alleged attempt to defeat Tharoor.

“The report was finalised by a committee of around 50 leaders. No one raised any issue of a vote drain. Nor did Sakthan’s negative role come up. The only discussion was on the intensity of consolidation of community votes,” he claimed. 

Sakthan was accused of not effectively campaigning for the party canddiate in his Kattakada constituency, attached to the Attingal Lok Sabha segment as well as in Parassala, where his Nadar community has a large presence and in the coastal Kovalam belt.

While Tharoor is looking forward to a second innings, both Bennet and the BJP’s O Rajagopal are vying with each other to spring a surprise in a close, three-cornered contest in Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the District Congress Committee report says the chances of Bindu Krishna, the Congress candidate in Attingal, look bright, owing to many factors including the CPM-CPI rift and the BJP and other contestants such as the Dalit Human Rights Movement eating into the LDF votes, among many things.

“The DCC’s assessment as per the report is that Attingal can be wrested with a margin of around 10,000 votes”, said Mohan.

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