Will NCP joins UDF in Kerala, Pawar postpones his Kerala visit

Pawar postpones his Kerala visit

Mumbai: The Kerala unit of NCP postponed its state executive committee meeting as the party chief Sharad Pawar is unable to visit the state during the period because he would be pre-occupied.

Kerala NCP working committee meeting scheduled to be held at Kochi on January 23 has been postponed, State General Secretary M Alikoya said. Pawar’s visit to the state was expected to throw light on whether the party will remain with the Left Democratic Front or join the UDF, putting to an end weeks-long speculation after the NCP left the Left Front in Kerala on January 23. The Kerala NCP president TP Peethambaran earlier said that after the meeting, Sharad Pawar will announce the political decision taken by the party. An internal rift in the NCP emerged after the CPI-M indicated that the Pala assembly seat, now represented by MLA Mani C Kappan, will be allocated to the Kerala Congress (M) under Jose K Mani. Although the expected arrival of Pawar in Kochi was considered as the central leadership’s bid to avoid an imminent split in the state unit, a section of leaders feel that a final decision on continuing in the LDF will be taken as Pawar will announce the party’s political stand after his arrival.

As many as 11 parties, including the principal partners of CMP and the CPI are under the one umbrella of Left-Democratic Front. The NCP is one of the constituents of the alliance and it has two MLAs in the state Assembly.

However, the Congress is in touch with the NCP which is now with the Left front. The state Congress has informed NCP MLA Mani C Kappan that they are ready to offer Pala seat to Mani C Kappan. Leaders of UDF allies met the senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar and discussed the situation of the party in Kerala after facing defeat in the local body election, held recently.

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