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CPI(M) need not approach KC(M) now, says Kodiyeri

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] has no reason to approach the Kerala Congress (M) [KC(M)] at present, State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

Mr. Balakrishnan told reporters here on Sunday that though the KC(M) had left the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), it had chosen to support that front in the recent Chengannur byelection.

There had been no discussions on inducting the KC(M) into the Left Democratic Front (LDF), the CPI(M) State secretary said

The LDF had many times urged the parties that had left the front to correct their stance.

The Janata Dal faction led by M.P. Veerendrakumar had done so, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

But the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) still remained with the UDF and hence lost representation in the Assembly. The RSP parted ways with the LDF not on the ideological front, but over differences on a Lok Sabha seat. The party seemed to be closely aligned with the UDF and hence would lose the lone Lok Sabha seat too.

Hails SNDP stance

Mr. Balakrishnan said the CPI(M) had no differences of opinion with the CPI. All parties had the freedom to express their views.

A Cabinet reshuffle was not on the agenda now, he said.

The LDF would expand its mass base and strengthen ties with parties such as the Indian National League, Kerala Congress (Democratic) and others which had been cooperating with the front. The CPI(M) candidate for the Rajya Sabha election would be announced on Friday.

He lauded the SNDP Yogam stance in the Chengannur byelection, terming the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena a party floated at the behest of the BJP. Since the LDF came to power, the surge of the BJP in the State had been arrested. Its vote share had declined. The Congress was in power for five years in Karnataka, but could do nothing to stymie the BJP, Mr. Balakrishnan said.