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.
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.