Congress leaders do a volte-face on Muralidharan

In a U-turn, Congress in Kerala today said it had no plans as of now to accept the offer of K Muralidharan, who was expelled from the party, pledging his support to the UDF in the coming local bodies elections.

Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 23:24 PM IST

Kozhikode: In a U-turn, Congress in Kerala
today said it had no plans as of now to accept the offer of K
Muralidharan, who was expelled from the party, pledging his
support to the UDF in the coming local bodies elections.

Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Oomen Chandy told
reporters at Malappuram the Congress will not cooperate with
Muralidharan, son of veteran Congress leader K Karunakaran.

`There is no question of cooperation with parties or
individuals outside the UDF fold during the panchayat polls,`
he said.
"In the case of Muralidhanran, who was expelled from the
party, there is no change in the decision of KPCC," he said.

Chandy said media had misinterpreted what he had said
yesterday and denied having said that Muralidharan`s offer of
help during panchayat polls would be accepted.
In a similar backtrack, Kerala PCC President Ramesh
Chennithala told reporters here that no decision had been
taken so far on any understanding with any party outside the
UDF fold.

Both the leaders had yesterday welcomed Muralidharan`s
offer of help and had told media personnel that the party
would accept any help from any quarters during the local
bodies poll.

Murlaidharan has been making a bid since the past few
months to return to the Congress. He was expelled from
Congress for anti-party activities in 2005 after which he
along with his father formed the Democratic Indira
Congress-Karunakaran (DIC-K). The party, however, merged with
the Nationalist Congress Party after a year.

Bureau Report