Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy is going through a bad patch. His march to save Kerala from the clutches of the LDF (misrule) had started with all the hopes of returning to power. However, at the end, he is seen protecting Muslim League leader Mr. P. K. Kunhalikutty against whom allegations have resurfaced. He has also taken the baggage of Kerala Congress leader Mr. R. Balakrishna Pillai, who had been sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment, on his self.

At the same time, Chief Minister Mr. V. S. Achuthandnan has emerged as one who has at least done something to punish the corrupt and hold those who commit crimes against women accountable. After abysmal rule for five years, he is at least demonstrating that he could be the Opposition Leader for another term!

On the other hand, Congress is gearing up to pay a high price by supporting Mr. Pilliai and Mr. Kunhalikutty. Already, Congress Member of Parliament K. Sudhakaran has joined the bandwagon to abuse V. S. Achuthanandan for preferring the petition against Mr. Pillai and the Supreme Court for handing down the verdict.

This is when the Congress government at the Centre is facing strictures from the Supreme Court in matters like the 2G spectrum allotment. People are sure to see through the game plan to discredit the Court. (Corruption has indeed the entered the Supreme Court and nation is pivoted on the debate in that regard. And the Congress is trying to take advantage of the situation.)

In the case of Mr.Kunhalikutty, a sizable section of the League leaders do not want him. League would do better without Mr. Kunhalikutty than with him in the next elections. However, the Congress is providing him the support to hang on.

All these only reinforces the worsening image o f Congress at the national level in the eyes of voters of Kerala as the State goes to polls in two moths time.

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