Friday, March 20, 2009

JD(S)-CPI(M) ties worsen, leaders walk out of LDF meet

Press Trust of India March 19, 2009

With the CPI-M refusing to budge on the Kozhikode Lok Sabha seat, JD(S) in Kerala today walked out of the LDF state committee meet, rasing a question mark over its continuance in the ruling front.

After withdrawal of its lone minister from the state cabinet, JD(S) representatives attended the LDF meeting today to make a final appeal to the CPI-M to restore Kozhikode seat held by it, which the senior partner had taken away from the ally for contesting.

Walking out of the meeting, JD(S) national general secretary Dr Verghese George came down heavily on the CPI(M)'s stand and said his party's state council meet on March 22 would decide on the future course of action.

He said the Left's space in Kerala was not an exclusive preserve of the CPI(M), but the JD(S), with its socialist traditions, had also contributed greatly for evolving it as a prominent political stream in the state.

The JD(S) had last week recalled its minister Mathew T Thomas from the Achuthanandan cabinet after the CPI-M informed that party it was taking over the Kozhikode seat, which was won by senior JD(S) leader M P Veerendrakumar.

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