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THINKTANK: Nationalist Congress Party State president K. Muraleedharan has a word with party leaders T.P. Peethambaran and A.C. Shanmughadas at the party's convention at Thiruvambadi in Kozhikode on Wednesday. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
THINKTANK: Nationalist Congress Party State president K. Muraleedharan has a word with party leaders T.P. Peethambaran and A.C. Shanmughadas at the party's convention at Thiruvambadi in Kozhikode on Wednesday. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Staff Reporter

Party will continue to be in the LDF until it is shunted out: Murali

Thiruvambadi: K. Muraleedharan, the new State president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has reiterated that the party will wholeheartedly back Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate George M. Thomas in the Thiruvambadi Assembly byelection slated for December 4.

Inaugurating a convention of workers here on Wednesday, Mr. Muraleedharan said his party was supporting the nominee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) not to get any "favours" in future. However, he maintained that the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) had some bitter experiences after supporting the Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Pannian Raveendran for the Lok Sabha bypoll to the Thiruvananthapuram constituency. He hoped that the NCP would not get a similar treatment this time.

The party would continue to be in the LDF till it was shunted out, said, Mr. Muraleedharan whose party DIC(K) merged with the NCP in Kochi on November 12. NCP national leader and Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar nominated him State president in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mr. Muraleedharan, who flew down to Kozhikode on Wednesday, said he did not want to react to the statements made by some of the constituents of the LDF, which did not even have a proper cadre to canvass votes for their candidate in Thiruvambadi. "If the LDF leadership thinks that it is not proper for it to share a common platform with NCP leaders we are also not willing to do so," he said.

But the NCP would go ahead carrying out separate campaigns in the constituency. The party would also decide who all should undertake the electioneering works, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

He said that United Democratic Front (UDF) leadership should not dream that the developments within the LDF would make the NCP draw close to the Congress-led UDF.

Speaking on the occasion NCP national general secretary T.P. Peethambaran said that the workers should not be confused over the statements of the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the CPI leaders. The objective of the NCP was now to work for the victory of the LDF candidate.

NCP leaders P. Cyriac John and Mukkom Mohammed participated in the convention. The senior leader K. Karunakaran did not attend owing to ill health.

Over 1,500 workers participated in the convention. A procession was also taken out in Thiruvambadi town.

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