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Pawar’s nod for new front

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NEW DELHI: A fresh attempt at forging a new front in Kerala’s bi-polar polity is likely to begin in right earnest with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Friday giving a green signal to such a proposal mooted by State unit president K. Muraleedharan.

Mr. Muraleedharan met Mr. Pawar on Friday to apprise him of the political situation in Kerala, particularly in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the wake of differences between two constituents of the ruling combine — the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Janata Dal (Secular), the rebel faction which broke away from the H.D. Deve Gowda-led group in February 2006.

Merger mooted

Mr. Muraleedharan is reported to have suggested a merger between the NCP and the supporters of Lok Sabha member M.P. Veerendrakumar of the JD(S).

According to Mr. Muraleedharan, the NCP president authorised him to explore the possibility of forming a third front in Kerala by wooing outfits in both the LDF and the United Democratic Front. To begin with, the Veerendrakumar group in the JD(S) will be approached.

The JD(S) has five MLAs in Kerala, including Mr. Veerendrakumar’s son, Shreyams Kumar. One of its MLAs, Mathew T. Thomas, is Transport Minister and is understood to have made clear his reluctance to leave the Left Denocratic Front.

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