PDP not in LDF: CPI(M) leader

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Seeking to settle the controversy over support from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, S. Ramachandran Pillai, Polit Bureau member, Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Monday, reiterated that the PDP was not a constituent of the front.

At a press conference here, Mr. Pillai said the PDP had declared support for the LDF on its own and that there was nothing wrong in accepting the support.

As for the reported opposition from LDF constituents to the proximity with the PDP, Mr. Pillai said each party was entitled to its opinion.

‘A changed man’

Replying to a query, Mr. Pillai said the CPI(M) had not yet discussed within the party whether the PDP was a communal organisation. The CPI(M) had accepted the PDP’s support because Abdul Nasir Maudany was a changed man and had been advocating secularism after his nine-year stay in jail.

On whether the PDP could in future become a constituent of the LDF, Mr. Pillai said the front would discuss the issue before taking any decision. On the reluctance and opposition of some party members and allies to allow PDP leaders on the stage during election meetings, Mr. Pillai said the stage would primarily be for LDF constituents.

Who all would be present on the stage would be decided based on the parties’ strength in that region and the local leadership would take that decision.

Mr. Pillai, who said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s stand on the SNC Lavalin case was the same as the CPI(M)’s, hoped the differences with the Janata Dal(S) would be ironed out soon. The national leaders of the Dal had pledged unity with the Left parties, he added.

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