AK Antony, senior Congress leader, whose all 3 periods of work as a Chief Minister of Kerala in the past were reduced, said that he will not repeat the same mistake again of becoming the Chief Minister of the state again.
“I will not commit the historical blunder again. That era is over. Even in my dreams, I am not harboring plans to return to Kerala politics,” he told reporters in Thrissur.
Ak Antony, the former Defense Minister replied to the question when he was asked that if he was interested in returning the politics of the state and become Chief Minister if UDF comes back to power in the upcoming elections.
“Twelve years ago I was chief minister. Each person has a time. It is best to stop singing when your voice is good,” he said referring to a Malayalam proverb.
At all the three times, his term was cut short.
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At age of 37, Antony became the youngest Chief Minister from April 1977 to October 1978.At the second time as Chief Minister, his term was from 1995 to 1996.
In 2001, when the alliance of Congress and UDF came into power, Antony became the Chief Minister and had to quit after 3 years because the party suffered a total debacle in the Lok Sabha elections and was replaced by Oommen Chandy.
Narendra Modi said that he saw BJP emerging as a third force in the state, on this Antony said that it was only his “wishful thinking“.
He also said that the alliance of BJP and NDA government had done nothing for Kerala.
He further added that Congress is the only party at the Centre that can defeat the “ anti-people policies” of the BJP- NDA government.