KM Mani-led Kerala Congress quits UDF, says Congress has ‘attitude problem’

K M Mani has been part of the UDF for the past three decades.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 7, 2016 7:06 pm
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Kerala Congress-M, led by K M Mani, on Sunday decided to quit the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala. He blamed the attitude of the Congress leaders over the past few months for his decision to quit the UDF.

Saying he was sad at leaving the UDF which was nurtured by his party as well, Mani said he has no other option. He has been part of the UDF for the past three decades.

Congress state chief V M Sudheeran said Mani had no raised any issue in meetings before or after the elections. He said the only thing Kerala Congress objected to was being informed about the seat sharing over phone. They seem to have decided to leave the front anyway and are now looking for reasons to explain the move, he added.

READ | KC-M leaving the UDF exposes its opportunist politics: KPCC

Mani said his party will not join the ruling Left Democratic Front led by the CPM and will remain a separate block in the Assembly. However, the party will not pull the rug on the alliance where it is in power in local bodies.

The party leader’s name also came up in the bar bribery case when he was finance minister in the previous government. A special court had ordered a probe into his role. Then chief minister Oommen Chandy came out in support of him. In November 2015, he resigned from his post after the Kerala High Court upheld the vigilance court’s order to conduct further probe into the case.

In the recently held Assembly elections, Kerala Congress won six of the 15 seats they contested.

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  1. S
    Aug 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm
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    1. C
      Aug 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm
      The UDF has lost its clout in central districts of Kerala with the departure of Kerala Congress. The front's strength is now reduced to Mallapuram and a few districts as the Congress is fast losing ground to the BJP in southern districts. The UDF is now led by the highly over rated Ramesh Chennitala who does not have any m appeal nor much acceptance outside his party.
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        C M
        Aug 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm
        This is the best decision that the Congress made in such a long time.K M Mani was NEVER an et to the Congress in Kerala.He stinks of corruption and I am happy Congress realised it now and have got rid of him.Even if the Congress leads to situation that they will need his support they SHOULD NOT TAKE ITMani was never a reliable partner for the Congress
        1. H
          Aug 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm
          A corrupt wants o justify his action, and nothing more.
          1. I
            Aug 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm
            Where is he going? LDF? This will be end of congress in Kerala. Congress ceased to exist as a party in congress long time back. Now without one communal leader, it will die a natural death. Kunjalikutty also will start moving out. It is a need of the hour congress should die and BJP replaces it. Next election, communism will be defeated and BJP will replace them.
            1. K
              KS KUMAR
              Aug 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm
              They are following principles of Sonia and Rahul and not Mahatma.
            2. K
              Kartha MN
              Aug 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm
              It is good that the opportunist Mani left UDF. If UDF were in power Mani would have been happy sharing power. Now that he smells an opportunity to move to power with BJP. If BJP were to think of admitting Mani and team to their fold that would be suicidal for them. The image Modi is trying to build projecting to be transparent would suffer a set back with Mani Congress within its fold.No they do not deserve to be on NDA board. The people of Kerala would see thru their design and deal with appropriately.
              1. K
                Aug 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                If Mani had taken this decision prior to the elections, UDF would have still remained in power. It was his scandalous, corruption tainted legacy that exacerbated the defeat of the UDF.
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