CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan and JD(U)’s Kerala chief M P Veerendrakumar shared the dais Friday after a gap of six-and-a-half years, setting off speculation that the two parties are warming up to each other.
Releasing a book written by Veerendrakumar, Vijayan said he had no personal enmity towards him and the difference of opinion was “political”. The book was published by Chintha Publications, known to be controlled by CPM.
Observing that people wanted to see Socialists joining hands with the Left, Vijayan asked Veerendrakumar to review their alliance with the Congress in Kerala. “JD (U) should take a political stand keeping with demands of the time.”
Veerendrakumar said he has no animosity towards Vijayan. The fight against fascism demanded concerted effort, he said.
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Before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, a faction of JD (S) led by Veerendrakumar left LDF after the CPM did not let him contest from the Kozhikode seat. The CPM later identified exit of JD (S) as one of the factors behind LDF’s rout. In the 2011 Assembly polls, Vijayan did not take interest in reaching out to Veerendrakumar because his rival V S Achuthanandan was leading LDF.
However, things have changed with Vijayan mulling to contest the next state polls in which he is likely to be the party’s CM candidate.
Veerendrakumar, on his part, has been sulking in the UDF after the Congress allegedly orchestrated his defeat in the last Lok Sabha polls. A Congress panel probed the loss and reportedly found fault with party leaders. But, no action was taken. JD (U) led by Veerendrakumar has two MLAs.