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Muslim League to hold talks with Congress

By Our Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE, MAY 30. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will hold talks with leaders of the Congress and other constituents of the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) on issues regarding the review of the present policies of the State Government in the wake of the poll debacle suffered by the Front.

Briefing presspersons after an IUML State secretariat meeting held here today to take stock of the post-poll scenario, especially the humiliating defeat of the party candidate in Manjeri, the party State general secretary and Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, said issues including the future activities of the State Government and other policy matters would be discussed with the Front constituents. Talks would be held with the Congress high command in New Delhi and other UDF constituents in Thiruvananthapuram.

He said the party had authorised the national general secretary, E. Ahamed, and himself to hold the talks. The party State president, Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal, would take the final decision after the discussions.

(According to a PTI report quoting Mr. Kunhalikutty, the two-member committee will hold talks with allies on several issues, including change of guard and a Cabinet reshuffle.

Issues including leadership change would also be taken up with the Congress high command, he said.)

Responding to a query, Mr. Kunhalikutty made it clear that the Government could not continue with its present way of functioning. Asked whether the leadership issue had figured at the meeting, he replied in the negative.

Mr. Kunhalikutty blamed Government policies and bickering in the UDF for the poor show of the Front in the polls. Referring to Manjeri, he admitted that the "lapse'' on the part of the party had caused the defeat there.

Asked whether the performance of IUML Ministers, especially that of Education portfolio, came up for discussion, Mr. Kunhalikutty said the Government performance which the meeting discussed included the performance of party Ministers.

On the criticism against the Education Ministry, he admitted that there were certain deficiencies in that Ministry. He said the IUML secretariat demanded the immediate implementation of the Narendran Commission report, which was included in the UDF manifesto.

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