Union Minister V Muraleedharan has said that it is the Indian Muslim League (IUML) that is dominant in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and not the Congress.
Muraleedharan said that Congress is becoming obsolete in Kerala. The Union Minister said that the CPM is responsible for the League reaching this level in the state, adding that the BJP was concerned about the growth of the League. “Will Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's Facebook post will be confined to Facebook only? If the CM’s post is sincere, then he must reject the seven-party partnership,” Muraleedharan said.
The Union Minister’s statement comes in the backdrop of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Facebook post, claiming that IUML is in control of the league.
On Saturday evening, Pinarayi Vijayan wrote on his official Facebook account, stating that the IUML has weakened the UDF to such a degree that the latter cannot decide its own leader. “Has the League become a centre for commenting on the internal affairs of the Congress and deciding who should lead the Congress,” it read. The post further states, “It’s the Congress’ shameless attitude to do anything for a few votes that have led to this degrading situation. The system that is UDF has become irrelevant. Nothing can be expected of an alliance that has abandoned democratic and secular values.”
Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and IUML’s PK Kunhalikutty slammed the Chief Minister for his post. They said that post is in bad taste and is not expected from a sitting Chief Minister. Chennithala said that a victory in the local body election doesn’t cleanse the state government of all corruption.
Meanwhile, Muraleedharan agreed with Chennithala on the local election saying, that the poll results do not mean that the people of Kerala have given the LDF government a clean chit. “There is no connection between election body results and the ongoing central agency probes,” Muraleedharan said.