Staff Reporter

No question of quitting the LDF, says Bardhan

MALAPPURAM: Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan here on Monday hinted that the party would adjust even if the Democratic Indira Congress-Karunakaran, (DIC(K), led by K. Karunakaran is allowed entry to the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Addressing journalists at a meet-the-press organised by the Malappuram Press Club, Mr. Bardhan ruled out any possibility of his party quitting the LDF or going it alone in the forthcoming Assembly elections. He said the CPI would discuss the DIC(K) issue at its national council meeting in Goa on January 19.

He said the media had "unnecessarily played up" his references to Mr. Karunakaran. "What is important is the corruption and inefficiency of the UDF Government in Kerala," he said.

Though Mr. Bardhan reiterated his party's stand against allowing the DIC(K) to enter the LDF, he did not rule out the possibility of the LDF making local adjustments with the DIC(K). He said appropriate decisions would be taken at the time.

He added that he did not know whether the people of Kerala had accepted the LDF's cooperation with the DIC(K) in the local body elections and the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha byelection.

The CPI leader said that Mr. Karunakaran's conscience was still with the Congress.He said the United Democratic Front (UDF) Government had harmed the interests of Kerala. "There has been a singular lack of governance in the State," he said. The UDF inefficiency, he added, would form part of the CPI's election campaign.

M. Rahmatullah, CPI national council member; P. Sreedharan and T.K. Sundaran, CPI State council members; and V. Unnikrishnan, CPI district secretary, were among those who took part in the programme.