V S Achuthanandan , Marxist veteran said that he will continue to fight against corruption and communalism “until his last breath.”
“I am not stopping my struggles I have undertaken so far. I will continue my fights against corruption, communalism and to protect the nature, soil and pride of Kerala until my last breath,” the 92-year-old veteran said in a Facebook post.
Achuthanandan, who is called as ‘warhorse’ and ‘Kerala’s Fidel Castro’ by, Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary had started the LDF’s election campaign and helped it secure a huge victory over Congress – UDF alliance in the May 16 Assembly polls.
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He further said that the political rivals had targeted him and ‘trapped‘ him in cases when he tried to expose Oommen Chandy and Narendra Modi.
“But people, who always stood with me in my fights, have given me all support. They have ushered in LDF by giving them a historic mandate of 91 seats,” he said.
Related to May 16 polls, referring to the powerful state wide campaign he undertook, Achuthanandan said that at May 16 polls, he had to fulfill a “historic responsibility” and that was why he had decided to contest accepting the direction of the party central leadership.
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He also added that in Kerala, LDF’s victory was essential in order to maintain the strength of the communist parties, who carry out determined fight against communal forces at the national level.
While announcing that he was stepping down as opposition leader, in Thiruvananthapuram Achuthanandan said that he would continue to play the role of a “sentinel” of Kerala’s people.
In Palakkad, he was elected from Malampuzha constituency by 27,142 votes.