Oommen Chandy will lead UDF: Vayalar Ravi

"I fully support the view of KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala who has said Chandy will lead the front. Oommen Chandy will lead and all front partners will support him," he told reporters at a meet-the-press programme organised by Ernakulam Press club here.
He also rubbished reports of any confusion with both Chandy and Chennithala in the electoral fray and exuded confidence that UDF would get a thumping majority as the ruling LDF has been a "complete failure on all fronts and was busy sorting out differences within the party".

Admitting to having earlier harboured some interest in contesting, he said he was not keen on it now as important responsibility has been bestowed on him.

Asked about differences cropping up over seat sharing by UDF partners, he said it was only natural and these would soon be sorted out.

On the CPI-M's dilemma over the question of fielding veteran party leader and Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan to contest the polls, Ravi said, "He will certainly contest. This is only a drama being enacted by the Marxist party."

Asked about one of his daughters jumping into the electoral fray, Ravi said, "I can't say if she will contest as party will have to decide about her candidature."

There could be differences of opinion on children contesting polls, he said, adding, "Ours is a political family."

He said his family had a sentimental attachment to Kottayam seat, represented by his wife, the late Mercy Ravi.

Ravi replied in the affirmative when asked if K Muraleedharan's readmission to Congress would boost UDF's chances.

"Murali was KPCC president and being the son of K Karunakaran, (former chief minister) he has a political legacy also," he said.

Asked if the issue of appointment of P G Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner would affect UDF's chances in the polls, Ravi said, "We never made him chief secretary."
It was Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan who had made him state chief secretary and the LDF government must explain how he was appointed to that post, he said.

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