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Cannot wait any longer: Karunakaran

By Our Special Correspondent

KOCHI NOV. 17. The senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, has said he cannot give any more time for the removal of A.K. Antony from Chief Ministership.

Mr. Karunakaran, who reviewed the arrangements for the November 19 rally of the faction, told newspersons that no more time could be given for the change of leadership. He was asked if he agreed to the UDF partners' stand that they could wait until the first week of December for a decision by the high command.

Mr. Karunakaran said the Antony Government should go and it should go as early as possible. The criticisms by the Ministers as well as by the UDF partners were proof enough that the Government could not go on like this, he said.

Mr. Karunakaran visited the Marine Drive grounds where hectic preparations are on for the rally.

Murali to attend

Meanwhile, according to sources in the Karunakaran faction, the KPCC president, K. Muraleedharan, will attend the rally

Mr. Muraleedharan would arrive in Kochi on November 19 afternoon after paying his tributes to the memory of the late Indira Gandhi at a ceremony at the KPCC headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Najma Heptullah likely

Our Special Correspondent writes from Thiruvananthapuram:

The Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson, Najma Heptullah, was likely to participate in the rally.

Senior `I" group leaders are awaiting the re-confirmation of her participation.

Mrs. Heptullah would be the first among the senior Congress leaders from Delhi to announce her participation in the rally.

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