C. Gouridasan Nair
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State committee of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) will take a decision on expanding the alliance with the induction of new parties on June 1.
There is, as yet, no certainty about the final outcome of the LDF panel meeting slated for the day, but top LDF leaders told The Hindu here on Saturday that a final decision on the issue would be taken at the meeting.
The uncertainty has to do with the conflicting positions of the allies. The LDF's practice is to take all major decisions by consensus. The front leadership had deferred a decision in the matter at the last meeting of the LDF panel for want of consensus.
The CPI(M) is agreeable to inducting the P.C. Thomas faction of the Kerala Congress which had chosen to stay with the alliance when P.J. Joseph and the rest of the party chose to merge with the Kerala Congress (Mani).
The party is not that enthusiastic about inducting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National League (INL) into the alliance, the former on account of its cohabitation with the Congress at the Centre and the latter on account of the need for a nod from the party national leadership and some nagging confusion about allying with a party that has communal underpinnings.
However, this does not mean that the party has shut its doors on either the NCP or the INL and will be amenable to having them as fellow travellers of the ruling alliance.
The CPI has no objection to any of the three parties being brought into the LDF, but wants it to be a ‘package deal.'
When the issue was discussed at the last LDF State committee meeting, CPI leaders had made it clear that their agreeing to the entry of the P.C. Thomas-led Kerala Congress into the LDF would be conditional upon the NCP also getting the nod.
On the INL, the party is of the view that there is every reason to consider their case as they had remained with the LDF for over a decade now.
The RSP is strongly opposed to any new ally being brought into the alliance, but knows fully well that at the end of the day, what would prevail is the position that would be taken by the CPI(M). The RSP is of the view that the CPI(M) is trying to whittle the current constituents down even as it entertains new allies.
However, it is in no shape to put up any resistance. The same is the case with Congress (S), which is opposed to its arch rival NCP being accommodated in the alliance. It too knows that its voice would not carry much weight once the CPI(M) and the CPI decide one way or the other.