UDF Partners Criticised for Trying to Cash In on Congress Debacle - The New Indian Express

UDF Partners Criticised for Trying to Cash In on Congress Debacle

Published: 12th December 2013 09:14 AM

Last Updated: 12th December 2013 09:14 AM

A meeting of the KPCC-Government Coordination Committee held here on Wednesday has taken strong exception to the criticism being aired by a few UDF coalition partners on the reverses suffered by the Congress in the recent Assembly polls held in four states. The meet felt that coalition partners should stop trying to cash in on the poll reverses of the Congress.

“Congress is not a party which will crumble on the face of poll defeats,” KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala told mediapersons after the meet, without elaborating much. “The meet has decided to strengthen the UDF Government at all levels,” he said.

A general assessment that the stand of the Kerala Congress on the Kasturirangan report had made things worse for the government was aired at the meet. Concern was also expressed on the continuing verbal spat and stand off between Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and K Sudhakaran MP, with a common suggestion that the row should be settled through talks at the earliest.

The meet flayed the LDF agitation and siege laid against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. It was felt that a CBI probe itself could be ordered, if necessary, into the allegations connected with the Chakkittapara iron ore mining issue and a decision on this could be taken once the Vigilance probe under the SIT is over.

The Chief Minister, Chennithala, Ministers Aryadan Mohammed and C N Balakrishnan, senior leader V M Sudheeran, former presidents Thennala Balakrishna Pillai, C V Padmarajan and K Muraleedharan and committee convener K M A Mather attended the meet.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Congress (M) reacted sharply to the reported discussion that the party had fuelled the controversy over the Kasturirangan report. Party general secretary Joseph M Puthussery has made it clear in a press note believed to be issued on the directive of party supremo K M Mani, that the party is ready to court any criticism for standing by the farmers’ cause. “It is baseless that it was the KC(M) which had worsened the issue, if facts related in the wake of the report were analysed. The party is on the agitational front. It will continue with it till corrective measures are taken,” the press note said.

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