A rift has once again flared up between the Kerala Congress (M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) over non-cooperation during campaigning. The rift between the two has emerged just weeks ahead of declaration of the Kerala Assembly election results.
According to reports, several KC(M) candidates complained to party chairman Jose K Mani during a meeting that the CPI did not cooperate in some constituencies where the party contested during the Kerala Assembly Election. The KC(M) alleged that the CPI were silent and did not cooperate in Pala, Ranni, Irikkur and Kanjirapally constituencies.
The party alleged that local Communist Party leaders did not cooperate with the KC(M) candidates in many parts of Irikkur during campaigning. KC(M) Ranni candidate Pramod Narayanan made a similar allegation that there was no cooperation from local CPM leaders. However, CPI leaders have openly denied the allegation made and said that the claims are baseless.
It is an open secret that the CPI leaders and party workers were unhappy when KC(M) joined the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as many seats contested by CPI was given to KC(M). Throughout the seat-sharing process, the CPI leaders and party workers were fuming at the KC(M) for the treatment they were receiving. The CPI activists were unhappy that KC(M) did not reciprocate the generosity shown by the former for giving up on the Irakkur and Kanjirapally seats. If the CPI and KC(M) do not settle their differences, the parties could end up hurting the LDF.
The counting of votes for the Kerala Assembly Election results will take place on May 2.