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Murali holds talks with IUML chief

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MALAPPURAM JAN. 4 . The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, K. Muraleedharan, MP, today held discussions with the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) president, Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal, at the latter's residence here.

Mr. Muraleedharan, who flew down to the Karippur airport from New Delhi on Sunday, reached the residence of the Thangal at 2.30 p.m. and held talks with the IUML leader for over 45 minutes. The Kozhikode District Congress Committee (DCC) president, M.Veerankutty, a protege of the senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, was also present during the discussions.

Later, Mr. Muraleedharan told presspersons that he had met the Thangal to apprise him of the talks between the State leaders of the Congress party and the Central leadership in New Delhi in the last couple of days.

He said Mr. Karunakaran and the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, would soon meet the Central leadership in New Delhi to rseolve the crisis in the State-unit of the party. Replying to a question, he said the `I' faction in the Congress would not backtrack on the core issue of leadership change. However, the faction would obey the decision of the party high command, he said.

Mr. Muraleedharan refused to divulge the details of the formula of the party high command to solve the issue. He also refused to comment when he was asked if the post of the Deputy Chief Minister or the Home Minister had been offered to him as part of the settlement reached between the factions in the presence of the Central leadership.

Reacting to the Nair Service Society's stand against the Narendran Commission report, he said the UDF Government would give top priority to the interests of the IUML, which was a constituent of the UDF. The Government was committed to implementing the Narendran Commission report recommendations, he added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Mr. Antony would meet the Thangal on January 11. He will be here to visit the State Haj Camp at Kondotty.

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