THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the opposition need not come seeking his resignation for the LDF loss in Lok Sabha election. Instead, the UDF should ponder why there was an erosion in its votes, especially in Thrissur, he said.
Vijayan said A K Antony had resigned as chief minister in 2004 not because UDF lost terribly in Lok Sabha election, but because of severe infighting in Congress.“It is a fact that the UDF bagged 18 seats. But, it suffered a severe vote erosion when compared to LDF. The UDF suffered an erosion of 6.11 lakh votes,” he said, while replying to demand for grants in the assembly.
In his first public statement after the election results, he said it need not be seen as a verdict against the LDF govt. “People might have thought that the Congress is in a better position to oust Narendra Modi from power. That’s the only reason behind this verdict. Don’t be under the impression that people had anything against the Left,” he said.
Vijayan also sought to know how many chief ministers of Congress-ruled states have resigned after poll losses. “Why doesn’t the Congress seek the resignation of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka chief ministers,” he asked. Citing votes received by UDF and LDF across elections and claiming that LDF has not suffered much in terms of vote share in his hour-long reply, he said: “If the LDF votes fell by 4.92 lakh votes, the UDF saw an erosion of 6.11 lakh votes. If the loss was 1.75% for LDF, it was 2.11% for UDF.” Opposition leader V D Satheesan, however, interrupted him and said CPM should introspect on the dip in their votes in their strongholds.
“If you take an assessment of votes that eroded from your vote bank, then you will realise where these votes have gone,” he shot back. The chief minister said parties that lost badly in Lok Sabha polls had bounced back in assembly polls, and the LDF itself had done so. He also cited examples of regional parties in other states that came to power after terrible losses in Lok Sabha polls.
Vijayan attributed the BJP victory in Thrissur to severe vote erosion from the Congress. “The Congress votes fell by nearly 10%. They have taken a huge hit in all assembly segments in Thrissur. On the other hand, LDF votes registered an increase in all assembly segments as against 2019,” he said, adding that BJP bagged Christian votes in Thrissur while they went to Congress in other constituencies.
The chief minister said the Congress need not get over-excited about the poll results. It is a fact that Congress registered a good win in the state. The LDF will study the reasons behind the defeat and rectify its mistakes, he added.