Karunakaran's absence a huge loss, says Muraleedharan

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Old 03-Apr-2011
Karunakaran's absence a huge loss, says Muraleedharan

Thiruvananthapuram: The absence of Congress veteran K. Karunakaran in the campaign is a huge loss to the Congress-led front in poll-bound Kerala, his son K. Muraleedharan said on Saturday.

Muraleedharan said his father, who died in December last year, was a passionate campaigner.

"Even when his health was failing, he always saw to it that he campaigned for the Congress-led front, such was his passion when it came to campaigns," Muraleedharan said.

"And today, every supporter of us has got the message that in the last executive meeting of the Congress party, just before he passed away, he made a passionate plea to all to work unitedly for the success of the party and I can sense that it is happening," said Muraleedharan, who is contesting from the Vattiyoorkavu assembly seat here.

A three-time Lok Sabha member, this is Muraleedharan's second attempt to enter the state assembly.

In 2004, he contested a by-election after being inducted into the cabinet of A.K. Antony as part of a settlement to end infighting within the Congress party. But he created a dubious record of becoming the first minister in the state to lose a by-election.

"I have learnt a lot from sheer experience of what I did in the past and for that the axe of discipline fell upon me. And now, I assure that never ever will I be engaging in such acts again," he said.

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