M. Mohanan, convenor of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the Corporation Council, said the United Democratic Front (UDF) was creating a smokescreen in the issue of bar licences. He said four UDF councillors were part of the discussions on whether to award licences to the two private applicants. The UDF was trying to create an impression in public that they were against granting the licences, while trying everything to get it passed in private, he alleged. — Staff Reporter