NCP entry into Kerala’s UDF a closed chapter: Congress

January 3rd, 2009 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 3 (IANS) The Congress unit in Kerala Saturday ruled out the possiblity of admitting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) into the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF). “I do not know why you are so much interested in this topic. The meeting of the Congress party held here today had serious issues relating to people of Kerala for discussion and not issues like admission of NCP. How many times have I said that this is not in our agenda at all?” state Congress president Ramesh Chennithala said.

He also pointed out that the Congress in Kerala for the past three years had been functioning as a cohesive unit.

“We welcome the criticism of K. Karunakaran about the need for putting up an improved performance. We see it only in a positive light,” Chennithala said. He was replying to a query on former chief minister Karunakaran remarks Thursday that the Kerala unit of the Congress was weak and its chief Oommen Chandy “dormant”.

The state unit of the NCP is headed by Karunakaran’s son K. Muraleedharan. The veteran leader had said that the entry of NCP into UDF would only strengthen the alliance because Muraleedharan is a crowd puller.

Karunakaran and Muraleedharan had previously quit the Congress. While the father returned to the party in December 2007, the son has remained with the NCP, which is aligned neither with the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) nor the UDF.

UDF convenor P.P. Thankachen told reporters: “Not a single constituent of the UDF ever even talked of bringing in any new party into the UDF fold. The issue of NCP being admitted into the UDF is not at all being talked about by us.”

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