LDF slams BJP candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar for not casting vote

Both the CPI(M) and CPI, the major coalition partners in the LDF, slammed Chandrasekhar and said exercising franchise is not only a person’s fundamental right but also a responsibility of every citizen.

Senior CPI(M) leader and General Education Minister V Sivankutty said Chandrasekhar was a person who was capable of going to his respective place, where he has the vote, by a helicopter and return to Thiruvananthapuram.

“Chandrasekhar’s decision to abstain from voting is an insult to the democratic process,” he said.

The minister further said the BJP candidate’s action raises questions about his commitment to the democratic principles and his accountability to the electorates.

Sharing similar views, civil supplies minister G R Anil said Chandrasekhar’s abstinence from voting was a “grave” issue and amounts to cheating the people of Thiruvananthapuram constituency.

“This reflected the BJP candidate’s lack of trust in democracy,” he added.

The elections for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala concluded on Friday with a notable decrease in voter turnout, as the figure stands at 70.22 per cent. The polling percentage during the 2019 general elections was 77.84 per cent.

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