Congress sends positive signal to JD (S) faction
Last Updated: Monday, July 20, 2009, 20:35
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF in Kerala on Monday sent positive signals to the Janata Dal (S) faction led by M P Veerendrakumar, which had shown interest in becoming a partner of the coalition after snapping ties with the ruling CPI (M)-led LDF.

After an high power committee meeting of the UDF here, front convener P P Thankachan told reporters that all the constituents of the coalition responded "positively" in taking the JD (S) faction into the combine.

The date and venue of discussions with the JD (S) leaders would be decided later, he said.

Earlier, speaking after a meeting of KPCC's Political Affairs Committee, state unit Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala said a final decision on the matter would be taken after consultations with the UDF constitutents.

However, both Chennithala and Thankachan ruled out any chance of admitting the NCP, led by K Muraleedharan, son of senior Congress leader K Karunakaran, into the UDF.

Chennithala said the approach of JDS and NCP were different during the Lok Sabha polls. While the JD (S) faction led by Kumar had helped the UDF in the polls, the NCP had contested against the UDF candidates in the elections.

The JD (S) faction led by Kumar fell out with the LDF after the CPI (M) denied the former its sitting Kozhikode seat in Lok Sabha polls.

Rejecting the diktat of the JD (S) President H D Deve Gowda, the Kumar faction had on July 12 decided to start negotiations with the UDF.

Meanwhile, Muraleedharan said NCP's political stand was to have an alliance with the UDF and oppose the LDF. The NCP was having tie-up with congress in other states, he pointed out.

Referring to Chennithala's statement, Muraleedharan said he had conveyed the state party unit stand to NCP national leadership.

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar would take the initiative and resolve the issue, he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 20:35

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