Socialist Janata (Democratic) former senior vice president K. Krishnankutty has said that “the SJ(D) had held discussions with a CPI(M) Polit Bureau member from Kerala on the party returning to the Left Democratic Front (LDF) during the last Assembly election.”
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Krishnankutty said: “I was asked by Mr. M.P. Veerendrakumar, president of the SJ(D), to hold discussion with the CPI(M) with some pre-conditions like allotting the Koothuparamba seat for the SJ(D). But it failed due to the pre-condition on some Assembly seats.”
Mr. Krishnankutty said Mr. Veerendrakumar was keen to know the result of the talks he had held with the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member. The SJ(D) had to end its three-decade political alliance with CPI(M) on the issue of denying the Kozhikode Lok Sabha seat to the party. Now Mr. Veerendrakumar is alleging that I wanted to go out of the party as I did not get the Chittur seat.
“It was foolish on our part to agree to come out of the LDF on the question of Kozhikode Lok Sabha seat as insisted by Mr. Veerendrakumar,” he said.
Mr. Krishnankutty said Mr. Veerendrakumar had also gone back on his stand against Coca-Cola. “He had approached me and the Perumatty grama panchayat president along with a representative of Coca-Cola for converting the unit into a fruit-processing one. He even said the company would bring water from outside. But we did not agree to it.”
Mr. Krishnankutty said he would not quit the party on his own. “I will remain in the party till I am kicked out of it. But I will go ahead with the people’s campaign against globalisation and liberalisation. A seminar is being organised in Palakkad on the subject by the end of this month,” he said.