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Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF has distanced from the attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kannur on Sunday holding that physically targeting the Chief Minister was not part of its campaign.

Marxist veteran and opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan said there was no justification for the incident at Kannur as the LDF had only called for peaceful and democratic agitation to press for its demand.

CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said LDF workers were not behind the incident. “Physically targeting Chandy is not on our agenda. Police should conduct an effective inquiry to identify the persons behind the attack. Anyway, we are not behind it,” Vijayan told reporters.

CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran said LDF workers would not resort to such a course as the front had always made it clear that the agitation should be carried out in a democratic way. Congress has called a statewide protest meeting in all the 140 Assembly constituencies in the state Monday.

Speaking at a Congress party function here, Chandy said Congress will not be weakened by violence that is being resorted to by the Marxist party. LDF had been resorting to various modes of agitations particularly against the chief minister during the last several months, he said.

“I have been in public life for the last 50 years. I will go ahead with self-confidence,” he said, adding, “Nobody can hide the truth. It will come out one day.” Referring to the stone pelting incident in which he received injuries, Chandy said, “I take all problems in a positive manner.”

“Congress workers in Kannur district had been facing a lot of problems and the attack on me is nothing when compared to the hardships my party workers are encountering in the district,” he said.

Chandy said the ‘people mass contact programme’ in Kannur district will be held on November 18.

Welcoming CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that LDF has no connection with the incident, Chandy said if that statement was “sincere then it will be good for CPI-M.”

Resorting to ‘hartals’ was not the style of Congress, Chandy said.

Later, in a brief talk with mediapersons while leaving Koyili Hospital, where he underwent treatment for the injuries, Chandy said doctors had examined him. “I have slight pain,” he said. Chandy said he had no enmity with anyone.

PTI

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