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Plans to go back to UDF fold

Thiruvananthapuram: The former Minister T. M. Jacob has decided to part ways with the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) (DIC-K) and revive his erstwhile Kerala Congress (Jacob).

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Jacob and Johnny Nellore, who was chairman of the KC(Jacob), said the decision was taken because of differences over the DIC(K)'s move to merge with the National Congress Party (NCP).

All former KC (Jacob) leaders who hold various posts in the DIC(K) decided to sever their ties with that party. Mr. Jacob and Mr. Nellore said the KC (Jacob) would retain its identity and move ahead on the basis of its declared policies. The State committee of the KC (Jacob) that originally decided to merge with the DIC(K) would be revived and would meet on September 14 in Kottayam. Mr. Jacob said he and his colleagues did not accept the DIC(K)'s decision to field a candidate in the Koothattukulam division and other wards in the byelections to various local bodies. He said his supporters felt that it would not be politically correct to oppose the UDF in these divisions after having forged an alliance with it in the Assembly elections. This was pointed out at the DIC(K) forums but the political line remained unchanged. Mr. Jacob said he was unhappy with the decision-making process in the DIC(K).

To a question, he said all office-bearers who held posts prior to merger with DIC(K) would continue to hold the same posts in the revived party. Even though he did not mention it, the KC(Jacob) would soon be admitted to the UDF as a partner. UDF convener P. P. Thankachan dropped broad hints when he said that the coalition would take a joint decision if Mr. Jacob expressed his desire to rejoin.

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