Veteran CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan hit out at the BJP for focusing its entire campaign on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who he called a “slaughterer”.
“He (Modi) is responsible for the killing of more than 3,000 Muslims in Gujarat,” Mr. Achuthanandan said, adding, “BJP has even discarded its own senior leaders like LK Advani and AB Vajpayee. All they want is Modi.”
The 90-year-old made the remarks while campaigning for the Left Democratic Front’s candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, from where Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is seeking re-election from after winning the last polls with 46% votes.
“Tharoor has failed to fulfill the promises he made… His wife was found dead in a hotel but despite legal provisions, police has not filed any case in this issue,” Mr. Achuthanandan said.
In Nadar-Nair-dominated Thiruvananthapuram, the CPI has fielded Bennet Abraham, the Director of CSI Medical College, as its candidate. The party is hoping to garner votes from the Christian Nadar community, which Mr. Bennet belongs to, and split the “Tharoor vote bank” in the capital.
Within the Opposition LDF, CPI(M) is contesting 15 seats, CPI is fighting on four while the JD(S) is contesting from one constituency.