J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: Despite his herculean efforts to rejoin the Congress, the fate of the former Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president K. Muraleedharan still seems uncertain with the party high command giving no categorical assurance.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Kerala Mohsina Kidwai went on record after meeting Mr. Muraleedharan here on Monday stating that the ball was in the KPCC court on readmitting him. She pointed to the resolution passed by the KPCC last year against his entry. The KPCC was upset that Mr. Muraleedharan had strongly attacked the Congress and its leadership when he floated the Democratic Indira Congress-Karunakaran (DIC-K), along with his father K. Karunakaran. The latter has already rejoined the Congress.

However, Mr. Muraleedharan, who met Congress treasurer Motilal Vohra and Defence Minister A.K. Antony to plead for his re-entry, hoped that his admission would be through before the local body polls due later this year. The AICC had asked him to wait till it took up the issue with the KPCC and in fact asked him to work for the party in the civic polls. A senior Congress leader from the State said nothing could be expected from Mr. Muraleedharan's visit till the near future. In fact, it would not be a surprise if the issue dragged on till next year's polls.