United Democratic Front (UDF) convener P.P. Thankachan has said that the Left Democratic Front’s call to bring down the Oommen Chandy government is an attempt to indulge in horse-trading and promote defections.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Thankachan asserted that the LDF would not be able to poach a single party in the UDF. The pronouncement in this regard soon after an LDF State committee meeting was intended to create confusion among officials. The move was a cheap gimmick to influence some officials. He maintained that there were no differences among the coalition partners of the ruling front that would seriously affect the functioning of the government.