Kannur: Efforts are on in the Congress-led United Democratic Front camp in Kerala to field expelled CPI-M MP A P Abdulla Kutty in the Kannur constituency, even as a section of the Congress is lukewarm to the move.
Two-time MP Abdulla Kutty, who faced the axe for his remarks praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had expressed keenness last week to associate with like-minded mainstream party stating he had technically ceased to be a member of CPI-M, which promptly expelled him the very next day.
While reports suggested that he could be a possible UDF nominee, Abdulla Kutty has remained non-committal saying he was yet to make up his mind.
The Congress camp led by local MLA and KPCC General Secretary K Sudhakaran is quite keen on fielding Abdulla Kutty as the UDF nominee in Kannur, considered as a CPI-M bastion, and is holding talks with the party state leadership.
"We are holding talks with KPCC and UDF leadership though Abdulla Kutty has not formally expressed his willingness to contest from Kannur for the third time," Sudhakaran told PTI. However, the Kannur District Congress Committee is against the move, saying the front would not derive any advantage.
"There is no reason why Kutty should be made UDF nominee when there are many capable leaders to take on the LDF," DCC President P Ramakrishnan said.