Thiruvananthapuram | CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s nightmare came true today with the BJP playing spoilsport for the Left front’s prospect of winning a by-election in Kerala.
With BJP candidate securing 34,145 votes in Aruvikkara by-elections, a jump from the previous figure of 7,694 votes, the major loser was said to be the Left Democratic Front.
”If anyone can claim victory, it was only for the BJP to do it,” said CPI(M) leader Anathalavattam Anandan, echoing the sentiments of the party state secretary that the BJP might split into the anti-government votes.
The election result proved Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnans yesterday’s statement that the anti-Government sentiments have been divided. The result showed that CPIM) failed to encash the anti-incumbency feeling alone, as the BJP ate CPI (M) votes from its strong holds, leading to the victory of UDF candidate K S Sabarinathan.
Termed as seeking an advance bailout ahead of counting votes, Mr Balakrishnan said the BJP benefited from the splitting of anti- Government votes. He alleged that BJP was trying to help the UDF by splitting the Left votes. He also admitted that the BJPs vote share would go up in Aruvikkara.
The LDF began the election campaign first by declaring M Vijayakumar as its candidate, then Congress came second bringing K S Sabarinathan as its candidate. At that time BJP did not announce its candidate. In that situation, political pundits predicted that this bypoll could be a fight between the LDF and the UDF only, and the election result could be in favor of LDF.
LDF expected that the much hyped corruption allegations including Solar Scam and Bar Bribe case could cause the end of the UDF rule in the State. But, the entire picture changed suddenly when the BJP announced Mr Rajagopal’s candidature leaving to a three cornered fight in the constituency.
This was also the first election after Mr Pinarayi Vijayan stepped down as CPI(M) State Secretary. Mr Pinarayi Vijayan directly monitored the booth level work of bypoll while Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan led a high voltage campaign by attacking senior congress leaders including A K Antony by raising Solar and Bar Bribe cases.
However, the BJP also successfully managed a high voltage campaign by bringing in many film stars including popular Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi.