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CPI(M) admits rift in LDF over Karunakaran

Wednesday 15 November 2006

New Delhi: With the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala divided over the entry of K. Karunakaran into its fold, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Central leadership on Tuesday for the first time admitted that the ruling alliance was beset with ``internal politics.’’

``There is internal politics in LDF.... We are deliberating on the issue,’’ CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said even as the party’s Polit Bureau discussed threadbare the state of affairs in the State unit and the ruling coalition here.

His comments assume significance as Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had on Monday night told party general secretary Prakash Karat that the internal politics in the LDF was affecting the functioning of his Government.

Mr. Yechury said there were issues regarding the merger of Mr. Karunakaran’s Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) with the Nationalist Congress party (NCP), a member of the ruling coalition. ``But I don’t think it has affected the functioning of the Government,’’ he added.

Mr. Achuthanandan has time and again expressed his opposition to Mr. Karunakaran’s attempts to enter the LDF through the ``backdoor.’’ Though the ruling coalition is yet to take a decision on the continuance of the NCP in the front after the merger of the DIC(K), the CPI and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, another member of the coalition, have stated that the NCP will not have a place in the LDF. - PTI

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