Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress will 'attack' the unprecedented rain, and not the NSS, if the UDF suffers any reverses when the by-election results are out on Thursday. It had counted on the NSS support after it announced its 'correct distance' policy, but the rain drastically brought down the voting percentage that may prove disastrous for the UDF.
After the NSS leadership announced its open support to the UDF, its workers conducted door-to-door campaigns for the front in Vattiyoorkavu and other constituencies. This was revealed by Thiruvananthapuram taluk union president M. Sangeeth Kumar himself. The LDF and the NDA resented the NSS stand and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan targeted the NSS leadership, though the NDA was cautious. The situation remains slippery for the UDF after the voting percentage dropped in the wake of the rain.
The Congress while sparing the NSS came down heavily on SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellapally Natesan.
"The NSS has always supported the UDF with its equidistance stand. Its 'correct distance' policy has helped us to garner more votes, but the rain has created uncertainty," said K. C. Joseph, senior Congress MLA.
The KPCC had earlier decided not to antagonise any community leaders, though former KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran was unsparing in his criticism of community leaders, especially Vellapally Natesan. Senior Congress leader K. Muraleedharan MP opined that the Nair consolidation had helped the UDF in the by-elections....