Strange bedfellows

The adage politics make strange bedfellows is taking on a new meaning in the State these days.

Though the political camaraderie between the former arch rivals, the senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, and the Marxists is yet to emerge into a working political model, the feeder organisations of the CPI(M) are doing the ground work for accepting the `I' faction into its fold.

After the KPCC president, K. Muraleedharan, shared dais with the CPI(M) Politburo member, Pinarayi Vijayan, a horde of `I' faction leaders are to attend public programmes organised by the party feeder organisations in the coming days.

Mr. Karunakaran was slated to attend a programme organised by the CPI(M) mouthpiece, Deshabhimani, at the AKG Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. But eventually he did not, due to ill health.

The KPCC general secretary, N. Venugopal, is to attend a Jana Jagratha Sadas organised by the DYFI in Kochi on November 1.

The former MP and `I' faction leader, P. C. Chacko, has also been invited by the trade union leaders of the CITU to attend a meeting on secularism in Palakkad tomorrow.

By Sudhi K S

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