Special Correspondent

Meet to be the last before the merger convention

Thiruvananthapuram: The joint meeting of the Democratic Indira Congress(Karunakaran) (DIC-K) slated to be held here on Thursday will be a winding-up exercise of sorts for the 18-month-old party prior to its merger with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

State office-bearers, members of the parliamentary board, executive and election committees, presidents of the district DIC(K) committees and feeder organisations have been asked to be present on Thursday. The meeting will be the last one before the merger convention on November 12.

The DIC(K) has already gone through the formal exercise of convening its district conventions as a prelude to the merger convention.

The DIC(K) has come closer to its dream of hitching itself to either of the main frontline coalition. The two parties decided on the merger without waiting for the LDF's green signal. Even though the NCP is part of the LDF, it is not a partner in governance, making it easier for the party leaders to decide on the merger. The NCP's only accommodation in the LDF is the few nondescript corporations and boards its nominees have been given.

The DIC(K) and the NCP have chosen to ignore the confrontational positions of some of the LDF constituents such as the Communist Party of India (CPI). The CPI has no business to interfere in the internal affairs of another partner, said NCP sources. The LDF stand announced after its State committee meeting on Sunday that a final decision would be taken after the merger and that too collectively has been welcomed by the DIC(K).