Congress disappointed with Kerala results, blames CPIM and VS

Tense faces abounded at the Congress offices in the state after it was able to post just a 2-seat majority in an election that was supposed to be a walk-over.

Oommen Chandy, the chief ministerial candidate of the UDF (headed by Congress) and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said the party will hold an enquiry into the lack-lustre performance.

“It has been below our expectations.. and there will be introspection about how it came out like that,” Chandy said.

Chandy blamed CPIM and outgoing chief minister VS Achuthanandan for the poor show by Congress.

“One has to assume that the rumors and baseless allegations levelled by the CM and the party had some effect on the electorate,” he said.

Achutanandan, who was initially denied a ticket by CPIM, has been on the receiving end of the Congress and UDF’s campaign over the last several months.

In response, the CM too has been vociferously attacking both the UDF and leaders like Oommen Chandy, often accusing them of being openly playing communal politics and appeasing communal groups.