Sunday, March 22, 2009

NCP to contest in four: Murali

KOZHIKODE: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) State president K.Muraleedharan has said that the candidates and the constituencies from which the party is contesting will be declared at its meeting here on Sunday.

Participating in a Meet-the-Leader programme organised by the Calicut Press Club here on Saturday, Mr.Muraleedharan said that the party would contest in four constituencies in the State. The national leadership of the party wanted him to contest.

Asked whether he would contest from Kozhikode or Wayanad, he said that both were his favourites and a decision would be announced after tomorrow's meeting. To a query, he said that Vadakara did not figure on the list of constituencies the party was contesting.

'As the national leadership wants the party to contest concentrating on a few constituencies, the party has decided to contest in four constituencies. It will help those who openly seek its support in the rest of the constituencies provided they also back it in the seats the party is contesting.' Asked whether the party will tie-up with the Janata Dal(S), he said that a decision would be taken after the latter's meeting to be held here on Sunday.

According to him, the LDF and the UDF are neither friends nor enemies as far as the NCP is concerned. The next government at the Centre will be an UPA government with Left support.

He said he would not call the PDP a communal party. 'We had sought its support earlier. But the attitude that a party ceases to be a communal party if it is aligned with the CPI(M) is wrong. Also, terming the IUML a communal party is unfortunate,' he said.

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